Genetic variability in Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) germplasm conserved at ICRISAT genebank

Pattanashetti, S K and Upadhyaya, H D and Blummel, M and Reddy, K N and Ramanareddy, Y and Kumar, V and Singh, S (2015) Genetic variability in Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) germplasm conserved at ICRISAT genebank. In: XXIII International Grassland Congress IGC 2015, November 20 -24, 2015, New Delhi.

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Napier grass or elephant grass [Pennisetum purpureum Schum.] is an important forage crop in tropical and sub-tropical regions valued for its high biomass production, perennial nature, pest resistance, and forage quality. It is a unique grass species with high dry matter, which sustains its utilization for direct animal grazing and as a feed complement during drought periods. It has additional advantages like preventing soil erosion and improving soil fertility. Napier grass also has potential for bioenergy production and conversion to alcohol or methane due to its rapid growth and degradable biomass characteristics. The present study was planned to assess the genetic variability among purpureum germplasm conserved at ICRISAT genebank, Patancheru for their potential utilization in development of forage varieties and bajranapier hybrids.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: RP-Grain Legumes
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Forage, Genetic variability, Germplasm, Napier grass, Quality
Subjects: Others > Genetics and Genomics
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 10:22
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2016 10:22
Acknowledgement: Sincerely thank Drs. Blummel and Ramanareddy of ILRI, Patancheru for forage quality analysis of samples in their laboratory.
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