Collection and preliminary evaluation of sweet-stalk pearl millet (Pennisetum) uri icon

abstract

  • Sweet stalk types of P. americanum were collected around Coimbatore and Madurai, in Tamil Nadu during a germplasm collecting expedition. The crop was cut before flowering for fodder and the ratoon crop used for grain and straw production. The sweet stalk types had long narrow leaf blades, profuse nodal tillering, short thin spikes and very small grains compared with the normal types. They could also be identified by chewing the mature stalks as at this stage they contained twice the amount of sugar as normal types

publication date

  • 1982
  • 1982