Effect of Elevated Temperature on Growth Parameters of Foxtail Millet (Setaria italica)


                                Foxtail millet is a short duration crop grown in the arid and semi-arid regions of the world. The increasing global temperature may lead to a shift in cropping pattern across the world. Hence it is essential to understand the effect of elevated temperature on foxtail millet, as it is predominantly grown crop in the underdeveloped countries of the world. A study was conducted to investigate the effect of elevated temperature on the growth parameters of foxtail millet in Open Top Chamber at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University during 2017-2018. The experiment included exposing four different phenological stages of foxtail millet to three temperature levels. The Study revealed that the growth parameters such as plant height, leaf area and dry matter production decreased with increase in temperature. Thus the temperature rise had a negative impact on the growth parameters of foxtail millet.

Key words : Foxtail millet, Plant height, Leaf area, Dry matter production..

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