Vision 2030 for Pearl millet in India: Setting research priorities via consultation process

AK Jayalekha1; YS Verma2; HP Yadav3; SK Gupta4 1Bayer BioScience Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, India; 2Metahelix Life Sciences Ltd., Hyderabad, India; 3All India Coordinated Pearl Millet Improvement Project (AICPMIP), Jodhpur, India; 4ICRISAT-Patancheru, India Corresponding author: Click to download ICRISAT-Pearl Millet Hybrid Parents Research Consortium (PMHPRC) went through a feedback survey in 2015 involving the major pearl millet breeding programs in both public and private sector to assess the focus traits/areas for research prioritization to be addressed on the short to…

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Pearl millet breeding for non-conventional traits and ecologies in South Asia (SA) and Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA)

SK Gupta1; and Henry Ojulong2 1ICRISAT-Patancheru, India; 2ICRISAT-Nairobi, Kenya Corresponding author email: Click to download ICRISAT organizes Consortium Consultation Meeting (CCM) biennially with partners from both public and private sectors to identify emerging issues requiring possible research interventions by ICRISAT.  Research on blast disease, forage, and heat tolerance were some of the key priority areas identified for SA program in these meetings held in 2009, 2011 and 2013. ICRISAT initiated generating basic information and desired materials on these traits.…

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Management of the blast disease, an emerging threat to pearl millet production in the semi-arid tropics of India

Rajan Sharma1; SK Gupta1; Shivali Sharma1; HD Upadhyaya1; Sumerpal Singh2 and HR Bishnoi3  1ICRISA-Patanacheru, India; 2 Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi, India; 3 All India Coordinated Pearl Millet Improvement Project (AICPMIP), Jodhpur, India; Lead author email: Click to download Pearl millet blast, caused by Magnaporthe grisea has emerged as a serious disease of pearl millet hybrids in India in the past 7-8 years. Host plant resistance is the economical and viable disease management strategy to control pearl…

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Increasing pearl millet productivity in drought-prone environments of north western India

Rajan Sharma1; SK Gupta1; PS Shekhawat2; HP Yadav3; Anil Kumar3; Devvart Yadav3; DS Shah4; BM Patel4; Tejas Parekh4; D Atkare1 and M Boratkar1 1ICRISAT-Patancheru, India; 2Swami Keshwanand Rajasthan Agricultural University, Bikaner, India; 3CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Hisar, India; 4Sardarkrushinagar Dantiwada Agricultural University, Banaskantha, India; Lead author email: Click to download Pearl millet is one of the rainy season cereal crops that can be grown under harsh ecologies, and is an important source of staple food for humans and for…

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Determination of variability in rancidity profile of select commercial Pearl millet varieties/hybrids

S Datta Mazumdar; SK Gupta; R Banerjee; S Gite; P. Durgalla; P Bagade. International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, India Lead author email: Click to download Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum), one of the world’s hardiest cereal crop can grow under harsh climatic conditions. It is grown in the drylands, mostly by smallholder farmers and forms part of the staple diet for millions of resource-poor people in the drylands. However, flour prepared from this climate-change-ready crop has a…

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Commercializing dryland cereals through product development, scientific validation and entrepreneurship

K.K. Sharma, S. Datta Mazumdar, R. Banerjee, P. Durgalla, A. Selvaraj, J. Philroy International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Patancheru, India Lead author Click to download With the objective to promote the dryland cereals Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) and Finger millet (Eleusine coracana) which are rich sources of energy (protein, starch, fiber) and micronutrients, the NPK program of AIP has undertaken product development activities based on understanding of their nutritional and functional traits. Products…

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Value addition and product development to promote barley cultivation

Verma1; R. Amezrou1 and A. Jilal2 1ICARDA-Morcco; 2INRA-Morocco Lead author email: Click to download Barley is the oldest cereal crop widely used for human food, livestock feed/ forage and industrial raw material for malting and brewing. It is the widely adapted cereals in the world ranging from hot dry areas to the temperate drylands as well as from the sea level to higher hills.  Its consumption provides good nutraceutical and medicinal value. In order to do the value addition…

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Resource management in barley to enhance yield and farmers income under dryland conditions

R.Verma1; A.Jilal2; A.S Kharub3 and A. Khippal3 1ICARDA; 2INRA-Morocco; 3ICAR-IIWBR, Karnal, India Lead author email: Click to download Renowned as a short season, drought tolerant and low input crop, barley has been often neglected when it comes to its resource management causing huge yield gap between its potential and its actual undervalued performance in developing world. Enhancing yield and farmers’ income under dryland conditions is a real challenge faced by the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals. The specific…

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Progress towards MAS application for biotic resistance and doubled haploid production in barley

M. Udupa1; A. Visioni1; P. Forgeois2; L.W. Gallagher3; S. Gyawali1; R.P.S. Verma1 1ICARDA-Rabat, Morocco; 2Institut de Genech, Genech, France; 3UC Davis, USA; Lead author email: Click to download In order to enhance genetic gains in the barley breeding program, MAS and doubled haploid technologies were integrated with an aim to improve biotic stress tolerance. To identify markers for resistance to net blotch and yellow rust, two association panels AM-16 and Hi-AM respectively were screened and genotyped with Illumina iSelect 9k…

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Mitigating barley pests and diseases at global scale through host resistance and pathogen monitoring

Sajid Rehman; Reda Amezrou; Andrea Visioni; Sanjaya Gyawali; Ahmed Amri; Ramesh. P. S. Verma Biodiversity and Integrated Gene Management Program (BIGM), ICARDA-Rabat, Morocco Lead author Click to download ICARDA has a global mandate for barley to preserve its genetic diversity, develop and distribute improved and better-adapted germplasm for sustainable production in dry areas. Amongst various biotic yield limiting factors, the economic losses inflicted by the barley rusts and foliar blights are substantial. Yield losses caused by net blotch (Pyrenophora…

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The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Cereals (Dryland Cereals) is a partnership between two members of the CGIAR Consortium – ICRISAT (lead center), and ICARDA, along with a number of public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers globally.
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