Sharma, S and Upadhyaya, H D and Roorkiwal, M and Varshney, R K and Gowda, C L L (2013) Chickpea. In: Genetic and Genomic Resources of Grain Legume Improvement. Elsevier, London, UK, pp. 81-111. ISBN 978-0-12-397935-3

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Chickpea is an important protein-rich crop with considerable diversity present among 44 annual Cicer species. A large collection of chickpea germplasm including wild Cicer species has been conserved in different gene banks globally. However, the effective and efficient utilization of these resources is required to develop new cultivars with a broad genetic base. Using core and mini-core collections, chickpea researchers have identified diverse germplasm possessing various beneficial traits that are now being used in chickpea breeding. Further, for chickpea improvement, the genus Cicer harbours alleles/genes for tolerance/resistance to various abiotic and biotic stresses as well as for agronomic and nutrition-related traits. Recent advances in plant biotechnology have resulted in developing large number of markers specific to chickpea in addition to technological breakthrough in developing high-throughput genotyping platforms for unlocking the genetic potential available in germplasm collections.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chickpea; Cicer; diversity; genetic resources; genomic resources; germplasm
Subjects: Mandate crops > Chickpea
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2013 08:45
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2014 05:57
Acknowledgement: UNSPECIFIED
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