Genomics for greater efficiency in pigeonpea hybrid breeding

Saxena, R K and Saxena, K B and Pazhamala, L T and Patel, K and Parupalli, S and Sameer Kumar, C V and Varshney, R K (2015) Genomics for greater efficiency in pigeonpea hybrid breeding. Frontiers in Plant Science. ISSN 1664-462X

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Cytoplasmic genic male sterility based hybrid technology has demonstrated its immense potential in increasing the productivity of various crops, including pigeonpea. This technology has shown promise for breaking the long-standing yield stagnation in pigeonpea. There are difficulties in commercial hybrid seed production due to non-availability of field-oriented technologies such as time-bound assessment of genetic purity of hybrid seeds. Besides this, there are other routine breeding activities which are labour oriented and need more resources. These include breeding and maintenance of new fertility restorers and maintainer lines, diversification of cytoplasm, and incorporation of biotic and abiotic stress resistances. The recent progress in genomics research could accelerate the existing traditional efforts to strengthen the hybrid breeding technology. Marker based seed purity assessment, identification of heterotic groups; selection of new fertility restorers are few areas which have already been initiated. In this paper efforts have been made to identify critical areas and opportunities where genomics can play a leading role and assist breeders in accelerating various activities related to breeding and commercialization of pigeonpea hybrids.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: RP-Grain Legumes
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Pigeonpea, Hybrids, Markers, Purity Assessment, Fertility Restorers
Subjects: Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2015 09:07
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2018 02:53
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Acknowledgement: This article is part of the research topic “Genomic tools in legume breeding programs: status and perspectives”
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