Grain legumes, Chickpea
Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa
ICRISAT-led team cracks genetic code to develop climate-resilient chickpea
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
The study also confirms that chickpea came to India from Fertile Crescent of Mediterranean via Afghanistan and may have been introduced back to the primary centres of origin after 200 years, it added. "This is the largest-ever exercise of whole-genome re-sequencing of chickpea... What this means to the agricultural community is potential development of newer varieties of chickpea with higher yields, which are disease-and-pest-resistant, and better able to withstand the vagaries of weather," the ICRISAT said in a statement.
Genetic Gains Program, Pre-breeding, Genomics & Trait Discovery