Genetic diversity for grain nutrients contents in a core collection of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) germplasm

Upadhyaya, H.D. and Ramesh, S. and Sharma, Shivali and Singh, S.K. and Varshney, S.K. and Sarma, N.D.R.K. and Ravishankar, C.R. and Narasimhudu, Y. and Reddy, V.G. and Sahrawat, K.L. and Dhanalakshmi, T.N. and Mgonja, M.A. and Parzies, H.K. and Gowda, C.L.L. and Singh, Sube (2011) Genetic diversity for grain nutrients contents in a core collection of finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.) germplasm. Field Crops Research, 121 (1). pp. 42-52.

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Finger millet is a promising source of micronutrients and protein contents besides energy and can contribute to alleviation of iron (Fe), zinc (Zn) and protein malnutrition, affecting women and preschool children in African and south-east Asian countries. The most cost effective approach for mitigating micronutrients and protein malnutrition is to introduce staple crop cultivars selected and/or bred for Fe, Zn and protein dense grain. Attempts to breed finger millet for enhanced grain nutrients are still in its infancy. Analysis, detection and exploitation of existing variability among the germplasm accessions are the initial steps in breeding micronutrient and protein-dense finger millet cultivars. Evaluation of finger millet core germplasm for grain nutrients and agronomic traits revealed a substantial genetic variability for grain Fe, Zn, calcium (Ca) and protein contents. The accessions rich in nutrient contents were identified and their agronomic diversity assessed. The accessions rich in Zn content have significantly higher grain yield potential than those rich in Fe and protein content. Grain nutrient-specific accessions and those contrasting for nutrient contents were identified for use in strategic research and cultivar development in finger millet.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru 502 324, Andhra Pradesh, India
Subjects: Crop Improvement > Genetics/Genomics
Divisions: Millet
Depositing User: Sandhya Gir
Date Deposited: 27 Dec 2010 17:17
Last Modified: 27 May 2011 10:57
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