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First public research facility to put agriculture on fast-forward launched at ICRISAT 

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Topics

Crop improvement, Plant breeding (varieties & hybrids), Biotechnology: Transgenics/Genetic engineering

Crops

Dryland cereals, Pearl millets, Sorghum, Grain legumes, Chickpea, Groundnut

Systems

Farming Systems

Locations

Asia, India

Global Date

21 Feb 20

Title

First public research facility to put agriculture on fast-forward launched at ICRISAT

Keywords

RapidGen, Seed breeding, Plant life cycle, Breeding acceleration techniques, Controlled greenhouse bays, Polyhouse facility, Crop specific-protocols, Crop cycle, Chickpea, Groundnut,Pearl millet, Sorghum

Language

English

New ICRISAT Research Programs

Genetic Gains Program

Author/Key contact

Dr Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur

Story Source

ICRISAT Happenings 1842-1, 21 February 2020

Type

Corporate

URL/Link

https://www.icrisat.org/first-public-research-facility-to-put-agriculture-on-fast-forward-launched-at-icrisat/

Description

Efforts to modernize crop breeding took a giant leap today with the unveiling of ICRISAT’s new facility, which is projected to significantly lower time and cost of crop varietal development. The state-of-the-art facility is a first for any public sector agricultural research institution. Called RapidGen, a moniker for Rapid Generation Advancement, the facility will accelerate plant lifecycle in light-, temperature- and humidity-controlled conditions. Presently, breeding a new crop variety takes about a decade or more, with six or seven years spent in seasonal generational advancements to arrive at the elite lines that go for testing and release as varieties. RapidGen will shorten the six-seven year window significantly.

Date (Date published/released/created if known)

21 Feb 20

SDG

02-Zero_Hunger, 09-Industry_Innovation_and_Infrastructure, 17-Partnerships_For_The_Goals

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