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Millets for Next Generation Climate-Smart Agriculture

Publisher: Frontiers in Plant Science

It is realized that millets hold great promise for food security and nutrition amid ever-increasing agricultural costs, climate change and burgeoning mouths to feed worldwide. They are nutritious, possess additional health benefits, requires significantly fewer input costs for cultivation and are naturally tolerant to most biotic and abiotic stresses. These features accentuate millets as crops of choice for the world population amid growing concerns about climate change. Given the same, there is a growing need to investigate the natural genetic variation across their diverse germplasms to exploit them for crop improvement with regard to many agronomically and nutritionally important traits.With the advent of NGS technologies and high-throughput GWAS platforms, identification of candidate genes/alleles/QTLs regulating such traits is possible at a pace and precision not contemplated before, which in turn would facilitate the development of breeding lines for crop improvement. Moreover, a renewed focus on millets has important implications for the improvement of cereals and bioenergy grasses given their common ancestry from poaceae family and the presence of significant synteny between the genomes.

Author(s): Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay, Mehanathan Muthamilarasan, Manoj Prasad | Views(242) | Download (112)

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