Chickpea - Accelerating development of genomic resources and strengthening NARS partner capacities for enhancing adoption of molecular breeding for drought tolerance in chickpea
Duration: 01/Jul/2010 - 31/Jul/2014
Locations: Asia / India / Eastern and Southern Africa / Ethiopia / Kenya
Donor: CGIAR,Generation Challenge Program (GCP)/CIMMYT-Mexico
The Chickpea Challenge Initiative (CCI) supports the overall objectives of the Tropical Legumes I Phase II (TLI-Phase II) project to develop and help institutionalize modern breeding of chickpea in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. More specifically, it supports key components of two of the TL-1 Phase II workplan activities: developing genomic resources for enhancing MABC and MARS activities; and strengthening the capacity of NARS partners. The objectives of the first activity include developing closely linked molecular markers with QTLs for drought tolerance, identification of informative set of SNP markers for crosses being employed in the TLI and TL II breeding efforts, developing cost-effective SNP genotyping platform and implementing selection tools being developed by the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP), SNP genotyping and data production in support of MARS breeding being conducted under TLI Phase II. The second activity, with the active participation of NARS partners, will have heavy emphasis on capacity building in the area of modern breeding by facilitating research activities of NARS partners.