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Pearl Millet Diseases


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.

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Original posting: June 5, 1999.

Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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