Finger millet (Eleusine coracana L.) is a hardy cereal known for its superior level of tolerance against drought, salinity, diseases and its nutritional properties. In this study, attempts were made to unravel the physiological and molecular basis of salinity tolerance in two contrasting finger millet genotypes viz., CO 12 and Trichy 1. Physiological… (More)
About 12,000 years ago in the Near East, humans began the transition from hunter-gathering to agriculture-based societies. Barley was a founder crop in this process, and the most important steps in its domestication were mutations in two adjacent, dominant, and complementary genes, through which grains were retained on the inflorescence at maturity,… (More)
MITE, TRIM and SINEs are miniature form transposable elements (mTEs) that are ubiquitous and dispersed throughout entire plant genomes. Tens of thousands of members cause insertion polymorphism at both the inter- and intra- species level. Therefore, mTEs are valuable targets and resources for development of markers that can be utilized for breeding, genetic… (More)
Evaluation of three hundred and sixty four proso millet germplasm accessions were done during rabi, 2008-2009 at genetic variability, diversity, correlation and path analysis of yield and its components. High variability observed for most of the characters indicated the scope of improvement of these characters by direct selection. Among the characters… (More)
‘Kavuni’ a traditional brownish black rice variety is known for its anti-diabetic properties and is grown under limited areas of Tamil Nadu, India. The present study was aimed at profiling the nutritional and therapeutic values of Kavuni grains in comparison with three other popularly eaten white rice varieties of Tamil Nadu viz., CO 50, IR64 and White… (More)
The genetic divergence among 105 indigenous maize germplasms was assessed by employing Mahalanobis D 2 analysis based on four characteristics viz., plant height, cob height, cob length and number of kernel rows per cob. The genotypes were grouped into four clusters. Cluster IV was the largest with 53 genotypes followed by cluster II with 32 genotypes. The… (More)
Due to an unfortunate turn of events, the fourth author's name appeared incorrectly in the original publication and should have read N. Senthil. The correct representation of the authors' names is listed above and should be treated as definitive by the reader.
Vitamin A deficiency is a major world health problem, affecting up to 127 million preschool children and 7 million pregnant women worldwide (West, 2003). Human selection for yellow endosperm has led to diversification of grain carotenoid content and composition. This variation has remained largely untapped in modern breeding programs that have focused… (More)