Unlocking health benefits of pearl millet: Identifying factors for starch digestibility, and slowly digestible starch (SDS) using a world inbred Germplasm Association Panel
Duration: 01/Aug/2012 - 31/Oct/2016
Locations: Asia / India
Project contact: Dr Rakesh K Srivastava (R.k.srivastava@CGIAR.ORG)
Donor: Private industry
CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals
This project will lead to better understanding of SDS (slowly digestible starch) in pearl millet. In the wake of diabetes assuming pandemic proportions globally, development of SDS cultivars with low GI will have significant impact on health and well-being of not only pearl millet farmers and consumers of India, but also for the rest of the world with the arrival of SDS containing food products. The project will particularly decipher factors responsible for SDS in pearl millet. The variability for SDS in the global pearl millet panel will be assessed as well as accessions for SDS and low GI traits in PMiGAP. Mapping population parents and mapping population will also be identified and shared.