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Breakthrough in high-yield drought-resilient chickpeas 

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Resource ID

17864

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Crop improvement, Abiotic Stresses, Biotic Stresses

Crops

Grain legumes, Chickpea

Systems

Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa

Global Date

30/Apr/2019

Title

Breakthrough in high-yield drought-resilient chickpeas

Keywords

High-Yield Chickpeas, University of Western Australia, Drought tolerant chickpea, Heat tolerant chickpea, Food Security, Genome Diversity, Domestication, Agronomic traits, Nature Genetics

Language

English

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633 kB

Story Partners

University of Western Australia

Author/Key contact

Dr Rajeev K Varshney

Story Source

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-breakthrough-high-yield-drought-resilient-chickpeas.html

Publishing Location

Global

Story Lead Center

ICRISAT

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://phys.org/news/2019-04-breakthrough-high-yield-drought-resilient-chickpeas.html

Description

A global study led by ICRISAT and involving scientists from The University of Western Australia has identified genes that can be used to develop drought and heat tolerant chickpeas. The discovery has important implications for global malnutrition with chickpeas seen as a major solution. Chickpeas are the third most commonly produced grain legume, however drought and increasing temperatures (heat stress) are estimated to cause the loss of more than 70 per cent of global chickpea yields. It is hoped the research findings will result in the ability to breed more resilient chickpeas.

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Genetic Gains Program

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

30/Apr/2019

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