Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 58, Issue 3, pp 453–460 | Cite as

‘Drumstick tree’ (Moringa oleifera Lam.): a multipurpose potential species in India

  • Anjula PandeyEmail author
  • K. Pradheep
  • Rita Gupta
  • E. Roshini Nayar
  • D. C. Bhandari
Notes on Neglected and Underutilized Crops


Moringa oleifera Lam., a medium sized tree species has gained importance due to its multipurpose usage and well adaptability to dry and hot climates of north-western plains, central India and dry regions of peninsular India. This species is reported in this paper for distribution of diversity and genetic resources value in different parts of the country. Information on diversification in use viz. regional importance has been included to broaden the scope for value addition, identification of potential value and use in plant genetic resource programmes.


Collection Conservation Drumstick tree Edible value Horse radish tree Moringa oleifera Multipurpose species Potential value India 



Authors express their sincere thanks to the Director, NBPGR, for guidance as well as for help during the course of study. Thanks are also due to Kerala Agricultural University, Thrissur for sharing desirable information. Acknowledgements are also due to Dr. DR Pani, Sh. Rakesh Singh, Sh. Shashi K Sharma and Sh. OP Dhariwal for their help in completion of this work.


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  • Anjula Pandey
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    Email author
  • K. Pradheep
    • 1
  • Rita Gupta
    • 1
  • E. Roshini Nayar
    • 1
  • D. C. Bhandari
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Plant Exploration and Germplasm CollectionNational Bureau of Plant Genetic ResourcesNew DelhiIndia

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