Seed set and d2 gene effects on pearl millet forage quality

Hanna, W.W. and Gaines, T.P. and Monson, W.G. (1979) Seed set and d2 gene effects on pearl millet forage quality. Agronomy Journal, 71 (6). pp. 1027-1029.

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The effects of seed set and the d2 (dwarf) gene on in vitro DM digestibility (IVDMD) and total non-structural carbohydrates (TNC) in pearl millet fodder were studied at anthesis and 2 and 4 wk later. In 1976 and 1977 fodder samples were taken from pollinated and unpollinated cytoplasmic-genic male-sterile, tall and dwarf pearl millet growing in the field. Seed set did not affect the IVDMD of the whole plant and leaf or stem components at 2 and 4 wk after anthesis. Seed set reduced total sugars at 4 wk after anthesis because of conversion of sugars to starch. Fodder from dwarf plants had a significantly higher IVDMD than fodder from tall plants; there were no differences in the leaf and stem components. Fodder from tall pearl millet had significantly higher TNC levels

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dwarf, Pennisetum americanum L., total sugars, starch, quality, genetic effects, pollination
Author Affiliation: AR/SEA, USDA, Georgia University, College of Agriculture Experiment Station, Coastal Plain Station, Tifton, GA 31794, USA
Subjects: Crop Improvement > Plant Breeding
Divisions: Millet
Depositing User: Ms K Syamalamba
Date Deposited: 03 May 2012 10:50
Last Modified: 03 May 2012 10:50
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