Evaluation of medium maturity, high-tillering Pearl Millet population diallel in Niger uri icon

abstract

  • Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.) is the mostimportant staple crop of millions of people in the semiaridand arid regions of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. In1998, ICRISAT pearl millet scientists in southern andwestern Africa and India initiated global pearl millet diallel crosses with the aim of promoting systematic diversification of elite regional germplasm (Bidinger et al. 2000). The project produced trait-based sets of diallel crosses among elite landrace and breeding materials from each of the three major pearl millet-growing regions. This study evaluates the potential of the medium-maturity, hightillering population diallel as new source material for use in breeding programs in the Sahelian zone of WestAfrica, especially Niger

publication date

  • 2006