This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R5487, R6451 and R7375. Genes can now be
inserted into pearl millet to make them more tolerant to heat and
drought, and more resistant to disease. Millet is a staple cereal and
important animal feed in the hot dry regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and
India. High temperatures often kill millet seedlings. This means that
the crop has to be re-sown and so doesn't ripen before the rains end.
When the rains end early, millet produces very little grain or leaf.
Plus, up to a third of the crop is often lost to downy mildew. The genes
that help plants withstand the three main threats—heat, drought and
mildew—could vastly improve harvests. They are already being used in
India by government and international research laboratories.
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (10 pp.) taken from the CD.
PSP23, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 27.