Monday 6 July 2020

Diseases of millet (Senegal, 1982)

A specialist stamp today, which turns out to be a selection of diseases that affect millet. I confess on this I am just copying and pasting but the above shows: tolyposporium penicillariae, a fungus; scleroscope graminicola, a downy fungus mildew; and amsacte moloneyi, otherwise known as the hairy caterpillar.

Millet has been consumed by people for at least 7000 years and is seen as a significant contributor to human ability to settle into an agricultural lifestyle. It is strongly resistant to drought and has therefore remained a widespread crop in Asia and Africa.

Millet accounts for around 40% of cereal consumption in Senegal.

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