University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: Department of Agricultural Research (Botswana); Institut Senegalais de la Recherche Agricoles (Sengal); ICRISAT (India); ICRISAT/Sahelian Center (Niger); SADCC/ICRISAT (Zimbabwe); Purdue University, Kansas State University (US)
David J. Andrews
This project focused on developing parental material of higher yielding ability that can be used in collaborative breeding programs in developing countries, and
to develop new varieties and hybrids in the US. To research ways of improving breeding populations and the best ways of making varieties and hybrids for developing
country breeding programs, and in the US, to research various constraints to growing pearl millet as a combine feed crop. And, finally, to provide students from the on-going research, thesis topics which are relevant to the problems they will face in their research programs at home.
1. The objectives of the breeding program, with slightmodifications remain as in previous years: 2. To establish a diverse base of agronomically elite inbred and semi-inbred lines from crosses between U.S parents identifying parents for varieties (synthetics), and possibly for indicating parental worth, which will be important in generating collaborative material for selection.