Genomics, genetics and breeding of tropical legumes for better livelihoods of smallholder farmers

Ojiewo, C O and Monyo, E and Desmae, H and Boukar, O and Mukankusi-Mugisha, C and Thudi, M and Pandey, M K and Saxena, R K and Gaur, P M and Chaturvedi, S K and Fikre, A and Ganga Rao, N V P R and Sameer Kumar, C V and Okori, P and Janila, P and Rubyogo, J C and Godfree, C and Akpo, E and Omoigui, L and Nkalubo, S and Fenta, B and Binagwa, P and Kilango, M and Williams, M and Mponda, O and Okello, D and Chichaybelu, M and Miningou, A and Bationo, J and Sako, D and Diallo, S and Echekwu, C and Umar, M L and Oteng-Frimpong, R and Mohammed, H and Varshney, R K and Ordon, F (2019) Genomics, genetics and breeding of tropical legumes for better livelihoods of smallholder farmers. Plant Breeding (TSI). pp. 1-13. ISSN 01799541

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Legumes are important components of sustainable agricultural production, food, nutrition and income systems of developing countries. In spite of their importance, legume crop production is challenged by a number of biotic (diseases and pests) and abiotic stresses (heat, frost, drought and salinity), edaphic factors (associated with soil nutrient deficits) and policy issues (where less emphasis is put on legumes compared to priority starchy staples). Significant research and development work have been done in the past decade on important grain legumes through collaborative bilateral and multilateral projects as well as the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes (CRP‐GL). Through these initiatives, genomic resources and genomic tools such as draft genome sequence, resequencing data, large‐scale genomewide markers, dense genetic maps, quantitative trait loci (QTLs) and diagnostic markers have been developed for further use in multiple genetic and breeding applications. Also, these mega‐initiatives facilitated release of a number of new varieties and also dissemination of on‐the‐shelf varieties to the farmers. More efforts are needed to enhance genetic gains by reducing the time required in cultivar development through integration of genomics‐assisted breeding approaches and rapid generation advancement.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Research Program : Asia
Research Program : East & Southern Africa
Research Program : Genetic Gains
Research Program : West & Central Africa
CRP: CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Grain legumes, legume breeding, legume genetics, legume genomics, legume variety adoption, legume variety release, tropical legumes, plant breeding, genomics, genetics, legumes, prebreeding, smallholder farmers, livelihoods, plant genetic resource characterization, trait discovery
Subjects: Others > Agriculture
Others > Genetic Engineering
Others > Smallholder Farmers
Others > Livelihoods
Others > Plant Breeding
Others > Semi-Arid Tropics
Others > Cowpea
Mandate crops > Chickpea
Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Mandate crops > Groundnut
Others > Food Legumes
Others > Genetics and Genomics
Others > African Agriculture
Others > Legume Crops
Others > Sub-Saharan Africa
Depositing User: Mr Ramesh K
Date Deposited: 07 May 2018 04:07
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2020 10:28
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Projects: Tropical Legumes
Funders: Tropical Legumes I, II and III; Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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