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Chickpea genome clues to more robust crops 

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17865

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Crop improvement, Abiotic Stresses, Biotic Stresses, Genetic Resources

Crops

Grain legumes, Chickpea

Systems

Farming Systems, Livelihood Systems

Locations

Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa

Global Date

08/May/2019

Title

Chickpea genome clues to more robust crops

Keywords

Chickpea Genome, Fertile Crescent, Genetics, Drought tolerant chickpea, Heat tolerant chickpea, Food Security, Genome Diversity, Domestication, Agronomic traits, Nature Genetics

Language

English

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647 kB

Author/Key contact

Dr Rajeev K Varshney

Story Source

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/chickpea-genome-clues-to-more-robust-crops

Publishing Location

Global

Story Lead Center

ICRISAT

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/chickpea-genome-clues-to-more-robust-crops

Description

An international research team has identified genes responsible for heat and drought tolerance in chickpeas. This finding may be useful for developing more robust, high-yielding varieties of the important food crop. In a paper published in Nature Genetics, the team reports to have detected other genes that provided key insights into the crop’s genetic diversity, domestication, post-domestication divergence and agronomic traits such as yield and disease resistance. They have also traced back the crop’s origins to the Fertile Crescent, and its subsequent spread across the Asia and Africa.

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Date (Date published/released/created if known)

08/May/2019

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