Project Details

Development of climate resilient chickpea varieties using genomics-assisted breeding and promotion of best suitable cultivars for food and nutritional security in Karnataka state of India

Duration: 01/Jan/2016 - 31/Dec/2018

Locations: Asia / India / Karnataka

Project contact: Dr Mahendar Thudi (

Donor: Government department -national- state or local,Department of Agriculture- Government of Karnataka-India

CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes

The project envisages to develop improved lines with enhanced resistance to both drought and Fusarium wilt and plans to identify genomic regions for dry root rot resistance and utilize the available genomic tools (mainly genome sequence) for identification of molecular markers for fine mapping the QTL regions for drought tolerance as well as Fusarium wilt resistance and identify candidate genes that can be used for cloning for trait improvement. In addition, by the end of this project, about 50-60 % chickpea production area will be grown with improved chickpea cultivars.

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