• The occurrence ofEleusine africana Kennedy O’Byrne in India and its significance in the origin ofEleusine coracana

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      Eleusine ; crop; origin

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      This study reports the occurrence ofEleusine africana Kennedy O’Byrne for the first time in India. This wild taxon is believed to be the putative parent of the cultivarEleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.Eleusine africana has been repeatedly considered by earlier workers to be non-existent in India. Its identity has been established by morphological, cytological, statistical and scanning electron microscopic studies. The discovery ofEleusine africana has led to various possibilities regarding the origin ofEleusine coracana.

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      Aruna S Dixit1 Sushil S Dixit1 Vishnu-Mittre2

      1. Trent Aquatic Research Centre, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario - K9J 7B8, Canada
      2. Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleobotany, Lucknow - 226 007, India
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