Registration of 'ICTP 8203' pearl millet

Rai, K N and Kumar, K A and Andrews, D J and Rao, A S and Raj, A G B and Witcombe, J R (1990) Registration of 'ICTP 8203' pearl millet. Crop Science, 30 (4). p. 959. ISSN 1435-0653

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The Pennisetum glaucum [P. americanum] variety ICTP8203, released in 1988, was produced by random mating 5 S2 progeny of an Iniari (early maturing) landrace from northern Togo. When evaluated as Togo-P8203 at Patancheru (3 tests), Hissar and Bhavanisagar in the 1983 rainy season, it yielded 2.6 t/ha of grain (18% more than WC-C75, the leading commercial open-pollinated cultivar in India). After full-sib mating in the 1984 dry season followed by selection for phenotypic similarity and bulking, ICTP8203 yielded 1.6 t grain/ha (4% less than WC-C75) in 79 replicated trials during 1984-86. However, in 19 trials in Maharashtra it yielded 2.1 t/ha, 7% more than WC-C75 and in 11 trials in Andhra Pradesh it yielded 1.5 t/ha, 11% more than WC-C75. ICTP8203 has a 1000-grain weight >12 g, at least 50% greater than any open pollinated cultivar previously released in India. It is 1.5-1.6 m tall and takes 50-52 days to 50% flowering in Maharashtra and Andra Pradesh. Heads are of medium length (16-18 cm), compact to semicompact and cylindrical to lanceolate with slight tapering towards the tip. ICTP8203 has good resistance to Sclerospora graminicola and generally escapes terminal drought owing to rapid grain filling and early maturity.

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Subjects: Mandate crops > Millets
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