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Genetic secrets to heat and drought tolerance of chickpea unraveled 

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Resource ID

17874

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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

29/Apr/2019

Title

Genetic secrets to heat and drought tolerance of chickpea unraveled

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

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325 kB

Story Partners

University, University of Western Australia,

Author/Key contact

Dr Rajeev K Varshney

Story Source

https://www.natureasia.com/en/nindia/article/10.1038/nindia.2019.55

Publishing Location

Country

Story Lead Center

ICRISAT

Type

Science

URL/Link

https://www.natureasia.com/en/nindia/article/10.1038/nindia.2019.55

Description

Scientists have identified genes for heat and drought tolerance in chickpea (Cicer arietinum) – the second largest cultivated grain food legume in the world – paving the way for developing high-yield varieties that can better withstand the vagaries of weather1. They identified the genes after sequencing 429 lines of chickpea (cultivated and wild genotypes) from 45 countries. The feat was accomplished by a team of 39 scientists from 21 research institutes led by ICRISAT in collaboration with BGI -- the world's largest genomics research centre headquartered in Shenzhen, China.

ICRISAT Research Programs

Grain Legumes

New ICRISAT Research Programs

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

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

29/Apr/2019

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