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Phenotypic characterization of Ethiopian finger millet accessions (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn), for their agronomically important traits
- Tesfaye, Kassahun, Mengistu, Solomon
- Acta Universitatis Sapientiae. Agriculture and environment 2017 v.9 no.1 pp. 107-118
- Eleusine coracana, agroecology, climate change, environmental factors, feeds, highlands, humans, people, phenotype, staple crops, staple foods, Asia, Ethiopia
- Cereal finger millet (Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn) is one of the most promising vital crops of Asia and Africa in the face of climate change. It has a capacity to adapt to extreme environmental conditions and can be grown under a wide range of wider agroecology. It is believed to be originated in the highlands of Ethiopia and then disseminated across the globe. It is mainly cultivated as dietary staple food for humans, animal feeds and also used as medicinal crop. Though finger millet is recognized as the most important staple crop, particularly for the poor people in dry and semidry areas, it has been neglected and given little concern in mainstreaming the crop for its improvement research.