Effects of High Soil Surface Temperature on Seedling Survival in Pearl Millet

Peacock, J M and Soman, P and Jayachandran, R and Rani, A U and Howarth, C J and Thomas, A (1993) Effects of High Soil Surface Temperature on Seedling Survival in Pearl Millet. Experimental Agriculture, 29 (2). pp. 215-225. ISSN 0014-4797

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A field technique to screen pearl millet genotypes for their emergence and survival at high soil surface temperatures is described. Genetic variation in seedling emergence and survival is shown and it is argued that this variation is largely due to tolerance of high temperatures rather than tolerance of soil moisture deficit, although some interaction occurred. An index for ‘thermotolerance’ is defined and genotypes are ranked accordingly for this trait, which is shown to be highly heritable. The technique is repeatable and allows a large number of genotypes to be screened at the same time.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Mr Charan Sai Ch
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2011 09:14
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2011 09:14
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/3100
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0014479700020664
Funders: Overseas Development Administration
Acknowledgement: CVe would like to thank Dr P. C. Gupta, Associate Director of Research, and Dr A. Sudarshan of the Rajasthan Agricultural University for the provision of facilities and active support at Fatehpur; also Raja Reddy, Kanaka Reddy, N. S. Rao for technical assistance; Drs E. Weltzien-Rattunde, V. Mahalakshmi, F. R. Bidinger and C. J. Pollock for advice on genotypes and for their constructive criticism; and the Overseas Development Administration for financial assistance to CJH.
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