Upadhyaya, H D and Sharma, S and Reddy, K N and Saxena, R K and Varshney, R K and Gowda, C L L (2013) Pigeonpea. In: Genetic and Genomic Resources of Grain Legume Improvement. Elsevier, London, Uk, pp. 181-202. ISBN 978-0-12-397935-3

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Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millspaugh) is an important grain legume crop grown in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Though pigeonpea has a narrow genetic base, vast genetic resources are available for its genetic improvement. Evaluation of small subsets, such as core (10% of the whole collection) and mini-core collections (about 1% of the entire collection), has resulted in the identification of promising diverse sources for agronomic and nutrition-related traits as well as resistance/tolerance to important biotic/abiotic stresses for use in pigeonpea improvement programmes. Wild relatives of pigeonpea are the reservoir of many useful genes, including resistance/tolerance to diseases, insect pests and drought and good agronomic traits, and also have contributed to the development of cytoplasmic male sterility systems for pigeonpea improvement. Availability of genomic resources, including the genome sequence, will facilitate greater use of germplasm to develop new cultivars with a broad genetic base.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Mandate crops > Pigeonpea
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2013 08:33
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2013 08:33
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/7096
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