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Breakthrough in high-yield drought-resilient chickpeas 

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Resource ID

17868

Access

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Contributed by

B.Muralidhar

Topics

Crop improvement

Crops

Grain legumes, Chickpea

Systems

Farming 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

Chickpea Breeding, Drought tolerant chickpeas, Heat tolerant chickpeas, Global Malnutrition, Breakthrough, Sustainability, University of Western Australia, Genome Resequencing, Genetic Diversity, Domestication, Agronomic Traits

Language

English

Size of PDF

242 kB

Story Partners

University, University of Western Australia,

Author/Key contact

Dr Rajeev K Varshney

Story Source

https://www.nationaltribune.com.au/breakthrough-in-high-yield-drought-resilient-chickpeas/

Publishing Location

Country

Story Lead Center

ICRISAT

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.nationaltribune.com.au/breakthrough-in-high-yield-drought-resilient-chickpeas/

Description

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. 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.

ICRISAT Research Programs

Grain Legumes

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Genetic Gains Program, Pre-breeding, Genomics & Trait Discovery

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

30/Apr/2019

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