Towards identifying novel sources of resistance to striga in pearl millet under natural field infestation

Dawud, M A and Tongoona, P B and Angarawai, I I and Ofori, K and Eleblu, J S Y (2018) Towards identifying novel sources of resistance to striga in pearl millet under natural field infestation. In: WACCI International Conference on Food and Nutrition Security in Africa 2018, October 03 - 04, 2018, Auditorium, WACCI, College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana, Legon.

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Pearl millet is an important major staple food for millions of people in Africa and Asia especially in the northern regions of Nigeria where it is consumed on daily basis in different forms. Its productivity has been severely hindered by various biotic and abiotic factors, such as Striga. Striga alone can result in yield losses of between 20 to 100% in severe cases. Breeding for resistance to this parasitic weed has been constrained due to limited source of resistance, therefore searching new sources of resistance from pearl millet germplasm is essential to facilitate progress in developing new varieties with farmers preferred traits. The present work was carried out to identify novel sources of resistance from adapted landraces and exotic germplasm for further use in breeding. Results have shown existence of pearl millet genotypes with good performance in terms of low to no Striga emergence and high yield which are important features associated with Striga resistance in Striga prone areas. This work lays the foundation for development of Striga resistant pearl millet varieties for northern savannah areas of Nigeria.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Research Program : West & Central Africa
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pearl millet, genotypes, Striga resistance, Striga resistant pearl millet, crop improvement, new varieties, breeding
Subjects: Others > Crop Improvement
Others > Plant Breeding
Mandate crops > Millets > Pearl Millet
Others > Nigeria
Others > West Africa
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2018 05:46
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 06:15
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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