Project Details

Fast-tracking release of high oleic peanut varieties in India

Duration: 01/May/2016 - 30/Apr/2017

Locations: Asia,India,Andhra Pradesh,Gujarat,Rajasthan,Tamil Nadu,Telangana

Project contact: Dr P Janila (P.Janila@cgiar.org)

Donor: Private industry,Mars Chocolate North America - LLC

CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes

ICRISAT in partnership with Indian Council of Agricultural Research-Directorate of Groundnut Research (ICAR-DGR) and State Agricultural Universities (SAUs) has for the first time developed ‘high oleic’ peanut varieties in Spanish and Virginia backgrounds, suitable for cultivation in India. Given the scope for expansion of peanut industry in India to meet domestic and export demands, it is envisaged to fast-track release of ‘high oleic’ peanut varieties. Evaluation trials are underway at ICRISAT of selected ‘high oleic’ lines from last three seasons and in of the trial during 2014/15 and 2015, 90 ‘high oleic’ peanut lines with >75% oleic acid content were evaluated in replicated trial at ICRISAT to select 65 superior lines based on agronomic performance, oleic acid content, morphological features, and pod and kernel features. The 65 selected ‘high oleic’ lines are now under seed increase for multi-location testing (MLT) to identify superior performing lines suitable to different agro-ecologies in Five states, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Data on extended shelf-life of ‘high oleic’ lines and flavour attributes will be generated that will be useful to recommend ‘high oleic’ trials in national testing system. Recommendation of ‘high oleic’ peanut varieties for national testing under All India Coordinated Research Project on Groundnut (AICRP-G), and data on shelf-life and flavour attributes will enable fast-tracking their release for cultivation.

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