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    Charles Hash commented on "Comments":

    Pearl millet is also among the host heat-tolerance cereals, with week-old seedlings of some genotypes able to survive soil temperatures of 46 C at a depth of 0.5 cm below the soil surface (Peacock et al. 1993. Experimental Agriculture), and other genotypes able to produce viable pollen and functional stigmas, as well as set and fill grain even when daily maximum temperatures exceed 42 C and daily minimum temperatures exceed 35 C during the critical growth stages of pollen mother-cell development when the panicle has just full filled (but not yet begun to emerge from) the flag-leaf sheath. It also has exceedingly robust pollen that can be carried on the dry winds of the Sahel in sub-Saharan Africa, or the Thar Desert margins in Pakistan and India for several kilometers in dry weather and still effect fertilization if it lands on a receptinve pearl millet stigma. This robust pollen makes achievement of effect spatial and temporal isolation of Nucleus Seed, Breeder Seed, Foundation Seed and Certified Seed plots quite challenging, and means that essentially all landrace germplasm of this species is a moving target, with its genetic composition changing every seed generation.

    6 months ago

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    Charles Hash commented on "Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.":

    The photograph of "Setaria glauca" provided on the overview page is not likely to be the same species as the cultigen, "Pennisetum glaucum" and the recently suggested taxomic change of the latter to Cenchrus glaucus (L.) Morrone appears to be based reference samples for the cultigen that were not in fact the cultigen, in all likelhood. Further genetic studies, including assessment of cross compatibility of the "wild" Brazilian material with samples of the cultigen, need to be completed before this suggested taxonomic change can be accepted.

    6 months ago

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    Kari Pihlaviita added the Finnish common name "Helmisulkahirssi" to "Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.".

    about 2 years ago

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    Michael Wunderli added the Spanish common name "Pennisetum glaucum" to "Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.".

    over 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Michael Wunderli who took this action.

    Michael Wunderli added the French common name "Mil à chandelle" to "Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.".

    over 2 years ago

  • Profile picture of Michael Wunderli who took this action.

    Michael Wunderli added the German common name "Perlhirse" to "Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.".

    over 2 years ago

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    cuttersgoose commented on "Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.":

    Beautiful!

    almost 3 years ago

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    Leo Shapiro selected "Pearl millet" to show in Overview on "Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.".

    over 3 years ago

  • Profile picture of Leo Shapiro who took this action.

    Leo Shapiro set "Pennisetum glaucum" as an exemplar on "Pennisetum glaucum (L.) R. Br.".

    over 4 years ago

  • Profile picture of Charles Hash who took this action.

    Charles Hash commented on "Comments":

    It is also grown a the mulch component in minimum tillage soya production in the Cerrados region of Brazil. Further, its stalks are also used as construction material, fuel and for making compost in areas of Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia where is is commonly cultivated.

    over 4 years ago

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