Biodiversity and Nutraceutical Quality of Some Indian Millets

Research Article

DOI: 10.1007/s40011-012-0035-z

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Gupta, N., Srivastava, A.K. & Pandey, V.N. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci., India, Sect. B Biol. Sci. (2012) 82: 265. doi:10.1007/s40011-012-0035-z

Abstract

This study was designed to investigate the biodiversity and nutraceutical quality of some Indian millets. These crops are cold, drought and salinity tolerant and can be cultivated on marginal land also. Seeds were analyzed for dry matter, total N, protein N, protein and seed protein concentrate extractability. In addition, millets were categorized on the basis of poverty eradication/source of income, health management, food security and natural resource management. The study indicates that millets can potentially be developed as an active nutraceutical and industrial bioresources for the care of environment and sustainable health of the society and nature.

Keywords

Biodiversity Biofunctional yield Nutraceutical quality Bioresource Millets 

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© The National Academy of Sciences, India 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Experimental Botany Laboratory, Department of BotanyD.D.U. Gorakhpur UniversityGorakhpurIndia