Collection and Evaluation of Pearl Millet Germplasm from Maharashtra

Rao, S A and Mengesha, M H and Harinarayana, G and Reddy, C R (1987) Collection and Evaluation of Pearl Millet Germplasm from Maharashtra. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 47 (2). pp. 125-132. ISSN 0019-5200

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Two germplasm collection missions were launched in Maharashtra in 1978and 1981 during which 437 and 146 accessions of pearl millet [Pennisetum americanum (l.) Leeke] were collected. Both collections were evaluated at ICRISAT Centre, Patancheru during rainy and postrainy seasons. Considerable variation in plant height, days to flowering. spike, and grain characters was observed. During the rainy season, they grew tall (225cm), flowered early (52 days), and produced short (18.7 cm long) but stout (23 mm wide) conical to spindle-shaped spikes with medium sized (8.5 mg) grey grains. in the postrainy season, growth was reduced (151cm), they flowered early, and the spike size reduced compared to the rainy season. Most of the accessions are intermediate between the races globosum and typhotdes. Based on shape and size of the spike, gram, and glumes, all the accessions were classified into nine cultivar groups and a key was developed to identify them. Some accessions appear to be good sources for tillering and earliness.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
Depositing User: Mr Charan Sai Ch
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2011 08:12
Last Modified: 13 Nov 2011 08:12
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Acknowledgement: Thanks are due to Dr. V. Ramanatha Rao, ICRISAT for collecting germplasm during one of the missions
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