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Neglected No Longer: Grasspea and Finger Millet Pre-breeding Get a Boost 

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Resource ID

17896

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Crop improvement, Climate change and Dryland stresses

Crops

Dryland cereals, Finger millet

Systems

Farming Systems

Locations

Eastern and Southern Africa, Kenya

Global Date

11/Oct/2019

Title

Neglected No Longer: Grasspea and Finger Millet Pre-breeding Get a Boost

Keywords

Climate Change, Crop Wild Relatives (CWR), Pre-Breeding, ICARDA, James Hutton Institute, Templeton-Crop Trust

Language

English

New

Eastern & Southern Africa Program

Size of PDF

450 kB

Author/Key contact

SMCO staff

Story Source

https://www.icrisat.org/neglected-no-longer-grasspea-and-finger-millet-pre-breeding-get-a-boost/

Story Published Date

11/Oct/2019

Story Lead Center

ICRISAT

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/neglected-no-longer-grasspea-and-finger-millet-pre-breeding-get-a-boost/

Description

Grasspea is a nutritious crop which is heat- and drought-tolerant and often survives when other crops fail, thus gaining a reputation as a ‘famine crop’,” said Shiv Agrawal, a legume breeder with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), who will spearhead the work on grasspea in the new project. The problem with the crop is that it contains a toxin that can cause paralysis if people eat too much of it as a sole food source.

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