Crop improvement, Pests and diseases
Dryland cereals, Pearl millets
Asia, India, Telangana
Identification of defense proteins in pearl millet seeds effective against Magnaporthe grisea
Pearl millet seeds, Magnaporthe grisea, Pyricularia grisea, Host plant resistance, Elite breeding lines, Fungal cell wall, Polysaccharide constituents, Antifungal enzymes, N-Acetyl D-glucosamine, D-glucose residues, Chitinases, Glucanases, Cysteine protease, Telangana
Genetic Gains Program
Dr Rajan Sharma
Pearl millet leaf blast is caused by Magnaporthe grisea (Anamorph, Pyricularia grisea) has been recently emerged as devastating disease with economic significance in India. It is well-known that host plant resistance is the most economical strategy to effectively manage this disease; hence, identification of resistance sources for blast disease is important to incorporate resistance genes into elite breeding lines. On the other hand, fungal cell wall is a multi-layered, in which chitin and glucan are the major polysaccharide constituents (Figure 1). In this view, chitinases and glucanases gain significant attention as antifungal enzymes.