Breeding Pearl Millet

  • Glenn W. Burton


Pearl millet Pennisetum americanum (L.) Leeke, also called bulrush cattail or spiked millet in English, bajra in Hindi, kambu in Tamil, dukhn in Arabic, and mil de chandelles in West Africa, is the world’s most important cereal in the hot, arid sections of the world. It will grow and mature seed on sandy or rocky soils too acid, too dry, and too infertile for sorghum or maize. Yet it has great yield potential and can produce more forage than either sorghum or maize when grown in a favorable environment. In grain production, however, the best sorghum and maize hybrids outyield the top pearl millet hybrids under optimum growing conditions.


Pearl Millet Recessive Gene Mass Selection Stylar Branch Increase Drought Tolerance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glenn W. Burton
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.U.S. Department of AgricultureAgricultural Research ServiceTiftonUSA
  2. 2.College of AgricultureUniversity of GeorgiaTiftonUSA

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