Grain legumes, Chickpea
Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa
Progress on Drought Resistant Chickpea High Performance
Biotechnology, Biotechnology in Agriculture, Chickpea Breeding, Drought tolerant chickpeas, Heat tolerant chickpeas, Global Malnutrition, Breakthrough, Sustainability, University of Western Australia, Genome Resequencing, Genetic Diversity, Domestication, Agronomic Traits
University, University of Western Australia,
Dr Rajeev K Varshney
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.
Genetic Gains Program, Pre-breeding, Genomics & Trait Discovery