Evaluation of a new field screening technique for smut resistance in pearl millet

Thakur, R P and Subba Rao, K V and Williams, R J (1983) Evaluation of a new field screening technique for smut resistance in pearl millet. Phytopathology, 73 (9). pp. 1255-1258.

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An effective field screening technique was developed to identify resistance to smut in pearl millet. The technique involved inoculation of tillers at the boot-leaf stage by injecting a sporidial suspension of Tolyposporium penicillariae into the space around the inflorescence within the flag leaf sheath, followed by covering the tiller "boots" with parchment bags. High humidity was maintained with frequent overhead sprinkler irrigation throughout the period of inculation, flowering, and grain development. Inflorescences were scored for smut reaction 20-25 days after inoculation with the aid of a standard key developed to estimate percent severity. This technique was used successfully in the field during the 1981 rainy season to screen more than 200 pearl millet lines. Resistance was confirmed in a few lines and many resistant plants with selfed seeds were selected.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Mr Charan Sai Ch
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2011 06:36
Last Modified: 19 May 2012 08:37
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/3385
Official URL: http://www.apsnet.org/publications/phytopathology/...
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