Grain legumes, Chickpea
New chickpea breeding protocol promises to bring down varietal development time from 12 years to 6 years
Rapid Generation Advancement, Greenhouse Conditions, Chickpea Varieties, Genetic Gains in Crop Plants, Food and Nutrition, Climate Change, Chickpea Breeding Program, Fast-Tracked Development, RGA protocol, CRP-GLDC
Asia Program, Crop Improvement
Dr S Srinivasan
ICRISAT Happenings 1828-1, 15 November 2019
ICRISAT’s chickpea researchers have developed a breeding protocol that holds the potential to create new varieties of chickpea in half-time. The Rapid Generation Advancement (RGA) protocol allows production of six to seven generations of chickpea in a year under controlled greenhouse conditions. The protocol has been standardized through a series of experiments conducted over two years, using six cultivated chickpea varieties -early, medium and late maturity groups.