Finger and foxtail millets uri icon

abstract

  • Foxtail and finger millets are highly nutritious with diverse usage, well-adapted to marginal lands, and mostly grown by resource-poor farmers. Worldwide >46,000 foxtail millet and >37,000 finger millet germplasm accessions have been conserved, and the largest collections of finger and foxtail millets germplasm accessions are in India and China, respectively. Considerable variation exists for biotic and abiotic stresses, and for quality and agronomic traits for improvement. The entire diversity of these crops has been captured in the form of core, and mini core collections and is being used in genetic and genomic studies for identification of new sources of variation. Genomic resources are available in foxtail millet, while in finger millet these resources are being developed. Use of the genetic and genomic resources need to be accelerated to assist in developing improved cultivars in these crops

publication date

  • 2016
  • 2016