Assessing the Prebiotic Diversity of Sorghum and Pearl Millet uri icon


  • International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid tropics (ICRISAT), India is a major repository forworld Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench) and Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum (L.J R. Br.)germplasm. ICRISAT?s gene bank consists of 37,904 accessions of Sorghum from 91 countries and 21,594accessions of Pearl millet from 50 countries. In order to enhance the use of germplasm for screening ofspecific traits core and mini core collections, representing the diversity of the entire collection have beendeveloped by ICRISAT, for both these cereals. However, these germplasm accessions of Sorghum and Pearlmillet have not yet been profiled for their prebiotic diversity. Hence profiling of accessions, of thegermplasm collections of Sorghum and Pearl millet, with the aim to identify accessions with desirableprebiotic traits for development of functional (probiotic) foods is being undertaken

publication date

  • 2014