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Utilization of introgression lines derived from wild Cajanus species for pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan) improvement

Grant No
GS18010
Project Description
Pigeonpea is a widely adapted food legume crop cultivated throughout the semi-arid tropics and subtropics. It is of considerable importance in South Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America where it is grown primarily as a food crop. Due to its narrow genetic base, the genetic enhancement is not adequate in this crop and the productivity is hovering around 800 kg/ha for the past six decades. Hence, there is a need to exploit new and diverse sources of variations for the genetic improvement of pigeonpea. Wild Cajanus species possess high levels of resistance/tolerance for various biotic/abiotic stresses and provide novel genetic variations for pigeonpea improvement. Using wild species from secondary and tertiary genepools as donors, and pigeonpea cultivars as recipients, pre-breeding populations have been developed.
Institute Name
International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, India (ICRISAT)
Institute Country
India
List of Countries
  • Myanmar
  • India
Program Name
Crop Wild Relatives
Donor
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Start Date
1st of July 2018
End Date
30th of September 2020
Status
Completed
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