Collection of germplasm from Western Himalayas

Rao, S A and Mathur, P N and Mengesha, M H (1992) Collection of germplasm from Western Himalayas. Indian Journal of Plant Genetic Resources, 5 (2). pp. 1-6. ISSN 0971-8184

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A germplasm collection mission-to the western Himalayas was undertaken jointly by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics(ICRISAT), Patancheru and the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources(NBPGR), New Delhi to collect mainly wild Pennisetum, sorghum, finger millet, pulses including pigeonpea and other crops of local importance during October 1991. The hill slopes showed preponderance of primitive agriculture, followed with traditional varieties. Wild Pennisetum were found growing at 500–3100 m. Two identical species of Pennisetumviz., P. orientale L. C. Rich and P. flaccidum Griseb and some more (yet to be identified) were collected. Sorghum with long drooping panicle branches (broom corn), pigeonpea, mostly early-maturing types and finger millet were also collected. In all, a total of 133 samples consisting of Pennisetum(33), sorghum(11), pigeonpea(7), minor millet(30), amaranths(9); cowpea (5), blackgram(8), sesame(6), paddy(4), maize(4) and 16 of other crops were sampled. Good sources for cold tolerance and early maturity are expected to be available in the collected germplasm.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Mandate crops > Sorghum
Others > Food Legumes
Others > Genetics and Genomics
Depositing User: Mr Charan Sai Ch
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 14:15
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2011 14:15
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Funders: Asian Development Bank
Acknowledgement: We are grateful to Asian Development Bank for the grant to ICRISAT for undertaking this collection mission. We are also grateful to Dr.Y.L.Nene, DDG, ICRISAT and Dr. R.S.Rana, Director, NBPGR, New Delhi for their iogistic support. We also acknowledge thanks to Dr. M.N.Kopper, Head, Gennylasm Exploratio Division, NBPGR, New Delhi; Dr. K.C.Pant, Officer-in-cha pse", NBPGR Regional Station, Bhowali; Dr. Bennet, Forest Research Institute, Dehradun; and Dr. J.N. Sharma, Dy.Director, Botanical Survey of India, Dehradun; and others who helped us in many ways.
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