Cenchrus biflorus L. (Indian sandbur), a blessing or curse in arid ecosystems: a review

Pirzada, A. M., Naeem, M., Ali, H. H., Tanveer, A., Javaid, M. M. and Chauhan, B. S. (2016) Cenchrus biflorus L. (Indian sandbur), a blessing or curse in arid ecosystems: a review. Grass and Forage Science, . doi:10.1111/gfs.12215


Author Pirzada, A. M.
Naeem, M.
Ali, H. H.
Tanveer, A.
Javaid, M. M.
Chauhan, B. S.
Title Cenchrus biflorus L. (Indian sandbur), a blessing or curse in arid ecosystems: a review
Formatted title
Cenchrus biflorus L. (Indian sandbur), a blessing or curse in arid ecosystems: a review
Journal name Grass and Forage Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1365-2494
0142-5242
Publication date 2016-01-22
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/gfs.12215
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Total pages 14
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Although a widely used forage plant in arid areas, Cenchrus biflorus is viewed by many scientists as an invasive weed that has a serious negative impact on agriculture and biodiversity in arid and semi-arid environments. It has risen from insignificance as a forage and famine cereal crop to its recent status as one of the most economically destructive weeds in many regions of the world. Numerous features like high nutritional value, prolific seed production, tolerance to high temperature and prolonged drought conditions contributed greatly towards its success as a potential forage species in arid environments. But, evidence from agriculturalists shows that it is a destructive invader which disrupts cultural practices and reduces natural biodiversity. Unfortunately, limited knowledge is available about its ecology and management in natural habitats and agro-ecosystems. In this paper, we provide a comprehensive review of its ecology, biology, agricultural impact, management and utilization. This review also provides future directions for research on C. biflorus in arid environments.
Keyword Biodiversity
Dispersal
Famine cereal
Forage
Invasive
Semi-arid
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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