The Foxtail Millet Genome

  • Manoj┬áPrasad

Part of the Compendium of Plant Genomes book series (CPG)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Roshan Kumar Singh, Mehanathan Muthamilarasan, Manoj Prasad
    Pages 1-9
  3. Mehanathan Muthamilarasan, Shweta Shweta, Manoj Prasad
    Pages 11-22
  4. Chandra Bhan Yadav, Manoj Prasad
    Pages 23-35
  5. K. Hariprasanna, Jinu Jacob, Parashuram Patroti, K. B. R. S. Visarada
    Pages 53-61
  6. Priyanka Sood, Manoj Prasad
    Pages 105-121
  7. Tirthankar Bandyopadhyay, Vandana Jaiswal, Manoj Prasad
    Pages 123-135
  8. Amita Yadav, Gunaseelen Hari-Gowthem, Mehanathan Muthamilarasan, Manoj Prasad
    Pages 137-152

About this book


This book presents up-to-date information on foxtail millet genomics, with a particular focus on its agronomic importance, genome architecture, marker development, evolutionary and diversity studies, comparative genomics and stress biology. The topics discussed have the potential to open up a new era of crop improvement in foxtail millet and other related grass species.

Foxtail millet (Setaria italica L.) is the oldest domesticated crop in the world (domesticated >8700 years ago) and it has been extensively grown in the semi-arid regions of Asia, Europe and the Americas as a food and fodder crop ever since. Further, as a C4 crop with close genetic relatedness to several biofuel grasses, foxtail millet has been promoted as a model plant. In view of its importance, the US Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute and Beijing Genomics Institute have independently sequenced the genome of foxtail millet. The availability of the draft genome sequence has advanced the genomics and genetics of this important crop, resulting in the development of large-scale genome-wide molecular markers and demonstration of their utility in genomics-assisted breeding, as well as the identification of the molecular and biological roles of several stress-responsive gene families in connection with abiotic stress tolerance. In addition, several open access databases have been developed to make these resources for crop improvement through structural and functional genomics widely available.


Setaria italica annual grass genomics-assisted breeding genome-wide association studies fodder crop semi-arid regions C4 crop abiotic stress tolerance

Editors and affiliations

  • Manoj┬áPrasad
    • 1
  1. 1.Plant Molecular BiologyNational Institute of Plant Genome ResearchNew DelhiIndia

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