RESEARCHERS WITH THE INSTITUTE OF PLANT BREEDING, GENETICS AND GENOMICS ISOLATE FIRST GENE IN AN OFTEN-IGNORED GRAIN
While pearl millet is a major food staple in some of the fastest growing regions on Earth, relatively little is known about the drought-hardy grain.
Recently, plant geneticists at the University of Georgia successfully isolated the gene that creates dwarfed varieties of pearl millet. It is the first time a gene controlling an important agronomic trait has been isolated in the pearl millet genome. Their work appeared in the March edition of the journal G3: Genes, Genomics, Genetics.