Collection and preliminary evaluation of pearl millet germplasm from Uttar Pradesh

Rao, S A and Mengesha, M H and Reddy, C R (1983) Collection and preliminary evaluation of pearl millet germplasm from Uttar Pradesh. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 43 (2). pp. 261-271. ISSN 0019-5200

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A germplasm collection expedition to Uttar Pradesh, India organised by ICRISAT in collaboration with the Indian Grassland and Fodder Research Institute, Jhansi and Ghandrasekhar Azad University of Agriculture and Technology, Kanpur, during October, 1979, collected 456 accessions of traditional cultivars of pearl millet (Pennisetum americanum (L.) Leeke) and six samples of wild Pennisetums, mainly from farmer's fields. When the accessions were evaluated at Patancheru, wide variations were observed in days to flower, plant height, as well as the shape and size of the spike and grain. Most of the accessions grew tall (193–291 cm), flowered in 50–80 days in kharif season, but in rabi season they mostly flowered in 56–77 days accompanied by a reduction in plant height(107–196)cm). To facilitate constitution of germ-plasm pools, all the accessions were classified into seven cultivar groups considering the shape, length and thickness of the spike, and based on them a key was developed for identifying them

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2012 07:31
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