Notification of crop varieties and registration of germplasm: Pearl millet variety ‘Dhanashakti’

Rai, K N and Patil, H T and Yadav, O P and Govindaraj, M and Khairwal, I S and Cherian, B and Rajpurohit, B S and Rao, A S and Shivade, H and Kulkarni, M P (2014) Notification of crop varieties and registration of germplasm: Pearl millet variety ‘Dhanashakti’. The Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 74 (3). pp. 405-406. ISSN 0019-5200

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Despite impressive records of economic growth and agricultural production in India, about 80% of the pregnant women, 52% of the non-pregnant women, and 74% of the children in 6-35 months age group suffer from iron deficiency. About 52% of the children below 5 years are zinc deficient. Crop biofortification is increasingly being recognized as a cost-effective and sustainable approach to address this problem. Pearl millet, in general, has higher iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) contents than other major cereals such as wheat, rice, maize and sorghum. Earlier studies have shown large variability for Fe and Zn contents in the breeding lines, hybrid parents, hybrids, improved populations and germplasm; and also identified ICTP 8203, a released open-pollinated variety (OPV) under cultivation, having the highest level of Fe content.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: RP-Dryland Cereals
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals
Uncontrolled Keywords: Germplasm; Pearl Millet; Dhanashakti
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets > Pearl Millet
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2015 08:43
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2015 08:43
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