Improving pearl millet drought tolerance uri icon


  • Quantitative trait loci (QTL) have been identified for drought tolerance of grain yield in pearl millet (Yadav et al. 1999 and 2002). Marker-assisted selection (MAS) is being used to develop improved parental lines by introgression of QTLs into a homozygous inbred line background for the subsequent production of improved hybrids (marker-assisted backcrossing). and by transforming them into topcross pollinator populations that are more heterogeneous than inbred lines. Until - and unless - it is clearly demonstrated that the incorporation of these QTLs into elite breeding lines will significantly enhance the performance ofcultivars based on those lines, the benefits of these QTLs are unlikely to ever reach farmers' fields

publication date

  • 2001