In-depth field characterization of teff [eragrostis tef (Zucc.) trotter] variation: From agronomic to sensory traits

Lianne Merchuk-Ovnat, Jajaw Bimro, Noga Yaakov, Yaarit Kutsher, Orit Amir-Segev, Moshe Reuveni

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Teff is an important food crop that serves to prepare Injera-flat-bread. It is cultivated worldwide and is particularly susceptible to lodging. A diverse collection of teff [Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter] populations was characterized for a wide range of traits, ranging from agronomic to final Injera sensory parameters, under well-irrigated Mediterranean spring conditions. The populations tested were collected from single plants presenting lodging resistance at the site of collection and their traits were characterized herein. An early type of lodging was observed, which was most likely triggered by a fast and sharp inflorescence weight increase. Other populations were 'strong' enough to carry the inflorescence during most of the grain-filling period, up to a point where strong lodging occurred and plants where totally bent to the ground. Three mixed color seed populations were established from a single plant. These were separated into 'white' and 'brown' seeds and were characterized separately under field conditions. The newly 'brown' populations appear to be the result of a rather recent non-self (external) airborne fertilization from a dark pollen donor. Some of these hybrids were found to be promising in terms of Injera sensory traits. The population of these studies might serve as breeding material. Integration between a wide range of parameters and the correlations obtained between agronomic and sensory traits might improve our ability to breed towards a "real world"better end-product.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1107
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

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  • Chlorophyll
  • Crop breeding
  • Injera
  • Lodging-resistance
  • Productivity
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Teff [Eragrostis tef (Zucc.) Trotter]

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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