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Smut Disease of Pearl Millet

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Authors: 
Thakur, R.P. ; King, S.B.
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Publication Year: 
1988
Publisher Details: 
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics ; Patancheru 502324, Andhra Pradesh, India
ISBN: 
92-9066-138-0
Report/Series/Bulletin Name: 
Smut disease of pearl millet. / Thakur, R.P.
Report/series/Bulletin Number: 
4



Thakur, R.P., and King, S.B. 1988. Smut disease of pearl millet. Information Bulletin no.25. Patancheru, A.P. 502 324, India: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. Smut of pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum), caused by Tolyposporium penicillariae, is an important and widespread disease. It causes direct loss of grain by replacing them with smut sori, and yield losses of up to 30% have been reported. In recent years the disease has become more important on commercial F1 hybrids in India and on exotic early-maturing cultivars in countries of Africa. The text describes and illustrates geographical distribution, disease symptoms, disease cycle, morphology of the causal fungus, and disease management methods. Various control measures are presented, with emphasis on host-plant resistance, including screening methods and use of resistance.  
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