Project Details

Development of abiotic stress tolerant millet for Africa and South Asia

Duration: 01/Nov/2012 - 31/Oct/2014

Locations: Asia,Eastern and Southern Africa,West and Central Africa

Project contact: Dr Vincent Vadez (V.VADEZ@CGIAR.ORG)

Donor: Academic institute eg university or college,University of California-Davis-USA

CGIAR Research Program: Dryland Cereals

This is a four-year collaborative research program to develop millet lines for South Asia and Africa that are more tolerant to abiotic stress, including heat and drought. The objective of the project is to demonstrate proof of concept in the field of a technical strategy for pyramiding both transgenic and naturally occurring variation in stress tolerance in pearl millet. This will be done by generating new transgenic materials and identifying metabolic synergies with natural genetic variation by uncovering the molecular basis of a terminal drought tolerance QTL. ICRISAT will conduct fine mapping of the QTL to narrow the potential gene targets responsible for the trait and will develop ideotypes of pearl millet containing the right combination of QTLs toward their adaptation to specific environments.

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