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Title: Progress in Grain Pearl Millet Research and Market Development

Author
item GULIA, S
item Wilson, Jeffrey - Jeff
item CARTER, J
item SINGH, B

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 2/2/2007
Publication Date: 12/1/2007
Citation: Gulia, S.K., Wilson, J.P., Carter, J., Singh, B.P. 2007. Progress in Grain Pearl Millet Research and Market Development. In: Janick, J., and Whipkey, A. (Eds.) Issues in New Crops and New Uses. ASHS Press. Alexandria, VA. p. 196-203.

Interpretive Summary: not required

Technical Abstract: Pearl millet has been historically grown for forage production and cattle grazing in the United States. It is widely grown as a multi-purpose cereal grain crop principally for food, and also for feed, fodder, fuel and mulch on more than 26 million hectares, primarily in arid and semi-arid regions of India and Africa, but also in Brazil, the U.S., and Australia. New hybrids have value in stress-prone regions because of their ability to tolerate drought and poor soil fertility. In this chapter, we discuss the value of pearl millet grain for diverse markets, including recreational wildlife, broiler and livestock production, ethanol, and ethnic foods, and the development of those markets. Progress in addressing high priority research objectives and the application of biotechnology for crop improvement are discussed.