Editorial: Sorghum and Pearl Millet as Climate Resilient Crops for Food and Nutrition Security
Sorghum and pearl millet serve as a major source of food, feed and fodder for the semi-arid tropical regions of developing world. These two cereal crops rank within the major six cereal crops with a staple food for about 250 million people residing in semi-arid tropic and dryland areas of south Asia and Africa. Sorghum and pearl millet are also regarded as climate-smart crops because of their extreme tolerance to heat (up to 42°C air temperature), drought, and salinity. This Research Topic on Sorghum and Pearl millet but also Finger millet and Foxtail millet as climate resilient and nutrition-rich crops for food and nutrition security comprise 27 manuscripts. It aims to provide new insights into the genetic resources, high throughput precision phenotyping, breeding approaches, multiomics platforms, gene editing, disease resistance, and gene mapping. It also aims to accelerate breeding cycles for climate resilience and improve nutritional quality in these staple cereal crops.