Regeneration guidelines: pearl millet uri icon


  • Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.), also known as bulrush or cattail millet, is an important grain and forage crop in Africa and South Asia and a forage crop in the Americas. It is mostly grown under hot, dry conditions on infertile soils of low water-holding capacity, where other crops generally fail. Pearl millet belongs to the family Poaceae, subfamily Panicoideae, tribe Paniceae, subtribe Panicinae, section Penicillaria and genusPennisetum. The genus Pennisetum contains about 140 species. The important wild relativesof cultivated pearl millet include the progenitor, Pennisetum glaucum subsp. monodii Maire;P.purpureum K. Schumach.; P. pedicellatum Trin.; P. orientale Rich.; P. mezianum Leeke; andP. squamulatum Fresen

publication date

  • 2008