Harnessing the Potential of Crop Wild Relatives through Genomics Tools for Pigeonpea Improvement

Bohra, A and Mallikarjuna, N and Saxena, K B and Upadhyaya, H D and Vales, I and Varshney, R K (2010) Harnessing the Potential of Crop Wild Relatives through Genomics Tools for Pigeonpea Improvement. Journal of Plant Biology, 37 (1). pp. 83-98.

[img] PDF - Published Version
Restricted to ICRISAT users only

Download (333kB) | Request a copy


Cultivated pigeonpea germplasm has a narrow genetic base due to the bottlenecks caused by domestication and breeding from a small number of genotypes. Pigeonpea genetic improvement has witnessed a slow pace due to low genetic diversity and to the scarce genomics resources. To address these challenges, wild relatives of pigeonpea which represent an unexploited resource of vast genetic variation can be incorporated in breeding programmes facilitating the broadening of genetic base. Although interspecific hybridization has not been commercially successful in pigeonpea, it has played an important role in the development of the cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) system. Recent years however have witnessed the development of genomics resources at large scale in the crop which has remained untouched with genomics revolution in the past. These resources, together with advances in genomics platform such as high throughput genotyping assays and next generation sequencing technologies and modern genetics and breeding approaches will accelerate harnessing natural variation for pigeonpea improvement.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Wild relatives, molecular markers, linkage mapping, QTL, CMS, introgression lines
Agro Tags: <b>Agrotags</b> - genetics | genomes | grain legumes | crops | breeds (animals) | biodiversity | equipment | tillage equipment | planting | cajanus cajan <br><b>Fishtags</b> - NOT-AVAILABLE<br><b>Geopoliticaltags</b> - india | usa | california | africa | east africa | near east | centre | australia | mexico
Subjects: Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Depositing User: Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2011 15:07
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2012 08:54
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/95
Official URL:
Funders: Generation Challenge Programme, Government of India - Department of Biotechnology
Acknowledgement: We thank the CGIAR Generation Challenge Programme and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India for sponsoring research on pigeonpea genomics applied to crop improvement.
View Statistics

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item