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Genomics and Sustainable Practices to Improve Nutrition of Millets with Changing Climate

Mattoo, R and Suman, BM (2023) Genomics and Sustainable Practices to Improve Nutrition of Millets with Changing Climate. [Book Chapter]

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1201/b22809-15


Millets constitute an important part of the traditional repertoire of grains consumed in India and Africa, which have today spread to other parts of the world. Being able to survive many years of desiccation and storage conditions, they are major participants as famine reserves. Comprising essential nutrients these ancient grains can combat malnutrition when included in diets and have been recently given their due importance for food security reasons and growing concerns of climate change. Not all millets have been sequenced thus far, and hence, their genomic potential remains far from being understood. The millet genomes are unique since they may code for enzymes that confer resistance to long dry climatic conditions and pest resistance and those can equip these plants to grow even under arid and poor soils. In this chapter, we give an account of how genomic tools and sustainable agricultural practices could aid in nutritional improvement of millets, which is needed to overcome malnutrition in rural and urban regions. We also highlight and provide views on the genomic tools and sustainable practices that can improve not the yield but also nutrition of millets.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publication: Nutriomics of Millet Crops
Publisher: CRC Press
Additional Information: The copyright for this article belongs to the CRC Press.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Divecha Centre for Climate Change
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2023 08:59
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2023 08:59
URI: https://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/82856

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