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Early Maturing Maize Lines Hold Drought Tolerance that could Save African Farmers
Sunday, 2013/04/28 | 18:50:32

Researchers have identified maize parental lines and hybrids with high levels of drought tolerance among the early and the extra-early maturing maize genotypes developed and conserved in the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) . This successful identification has led to the availability and the possibility of sustainable development of more resilient maize varieties with dual characteristics of escaping and tolerating drought in the near future.

 

Delivering a presentation on the topic Genetic Analysis and Molecular Characterization of Early Maturing Maize Inbred Lines for Drought Tolerance as part of the IITA Western Africa Hub monthly seminar series, Muhyideen Oyekunle said that 48 percent of the early maturing lines under study from IITA were drought tolerant with tolerance indices ranging from 0.17 (low) to 15.31 (high).

 

The study involved screening of over 150 early maturing maize inbred lines and hybrids for drought tolerance over a period of two years across six agroecological zones of Nigeria.

 

For more information, go to http://www.iita.org/2013-press-releases/-/asset_publisher/CxA7/content/early-maturing-maize-lines-at-iita-hold-drought-tolerance-that-could-save-farmers-in-africa?redirect=%2F2013-press-releases&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.UW5qCqJGC8A.

 

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