Crop improvement, Biotechnology: Genomics, Climate change and Dryland stresses
Grain legumes, Chickpea, Groundnut, Pigeonpea
Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, West and Central Africa
A peek behind the paper: Rajeev Varshney on genetic molecular markers to accelerate genetic gains in crops
A Peek Behind the Paper, Interviews, Plant and Climate Science, Whole-Genome Studies, Molecular markers, BioTechniques, Genetic Gains, Smallholder farmers, International Agricultural Research, Genomics tools, Plant breeding, Genomic Sequencing, Drought-tolerant chickpea, Wilt-resistant, Girnar 4, Girnar 5, High-oleic groundnut
Dr Rajeev K Varshney
Accelerating and delivering genetic gains in smallholder farmers’ fields is high on international agricultural research agenda, especially in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. This will help in improving crop productivity, better yield and higher income for farmers and most importantly achieving food and nutrition security in developing countries. Conventional plant breeding approaches have contributed immensely to this; however, they have limitations in terms of delivering improved varieties with desired traits in a time-bound manner. Genomics tools and technologies have changed methods of plant breeding in a positive direction.
Genetic Gains Program, Genomics & Trait Discovery