Can pigeonpea hybrids negotiate stresses better than inbred cultivars?

Saxena, K B and Choudhary, A K and Saxena, R K and Chauhan, Y S (2020) Can pigeonpea hybrids negotiate stresses better than inbred cultivars? Breeding Science. pp. 1-7. ISSN 1344-7610

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Pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.] is an important rainfed pulse crop of tropics and sub-tropics, and during its long growth cycle of 6–9 months it encounters a number of biotic and abiotic stresses. The recently developed CMS-based pigeonpea hybrids have demonstrated large gains in yield and stability over the traditional inbred cultivars. In this review, the authors argue that the heterosis expressed in traits like seed germination, radicle growth, root biomass production and moisture retention during water stress confers advantages to hybrid plants in negotiating a few abiotic and biotic stresses in much better way than pure line cultivars.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Genetic Gains
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pigeonpea, Heterosis, Radicle, Root biomass, Water stress, Adaptation, Abiotic stresses
Subjects: Others > Abiotic Stress
Others > Crop Yield
Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Depositing User: Mr Arun S
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2020 16:09
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2020 16:09
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Acknowledgement: We gratefully acknowledge Pigeonpea Breeding Unit of ICRISAT, Hyderabad (India) for providing access to its published and unpublished data resources.
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