Future Prospects in Amaranth Research
Amaranths are considered as the golden crop of future. But available literature on amaranth research reveals that the crop has not received ample attention as it deserves. Most of the research work aimed at its great nutritive value as human and animal feed, basic biology, and breeding practices. But little attention has been given on its proper taxonomic delimitation, phylogeny, germplasm maintenance, breeding program applying biotechnological approach. Weed amaranths too are not exploited adequately in breeding work. Some of the thrust areas in amaranth research have been identified like,- improvement in useful agronomic traits, desirable growth characters, biotechnological approach in genetic improvement, environmental adaptability, processing of grain amaranths, seed yield and protein content in grain amaranths, pest and disease resistance, leaf yield, food quality, anti-nutritional factors in vegetable amaranths. Industrial application and nutraceutical activities of amaranths are yet to be explored adequately.
KeywordsPlant Genetic Resource Biotechnological Approach Conventional Crop Amaranth Seed Oxalate Decarboxylase
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