Wilson, J.P. 2000. Pearl Millet Diseases: A Compilation of
Information on the Known Pathogens of Pearl Millet, Pennisetum
glaucum (L.) R. Br. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural
Research Service, Agriculture Handbook No. 716.
Cultivation of pearl millet [Pennisetum glaucum (L.)
R.Br.] for grain and forage is expanding into nontraditional areas
in temperate and developed countries, where production constraints
from diseases assume greater importance. The crop is host to numerous
diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, nematodes, and parasitic
plants. Symptoms, pathogen and disease characteristics, host range,
geographic distribution, nomenclature discrepancies, and the likelihood
of seed transmission for the pathogens are summarized. This bulletin
provides useful information to plant pathologists, plant breeders,
extension agents, and regulatory agencies for research, diagnosis,
and policy making.
Keywords: bacterial, diseases, foliar, fungal, grain, nematode,
panicle, parasitic plant, pearl millet, Pennisetum glaucum,
preharvest, seedling, stalk, viral.
Department of Agriculture
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Original posting: June 5, 1999.