Project Details

Biotechnological approaches to improve chickpea crop productivity for farming community and industry

Duration: 01/Apr/2011 - 01/May/2014

Locations: India / Asia

Project contact: Varshney, R

Donor: Indo-German Science and Technology Centre (IGSTC)-Government of India-India

CGIAR Research Program: Grain Legumes


This project will capitalize on the resources developed and expertise available at University of Frankfurt / GenXPro in Germany and ICRISAT/ BenchBio in India. In addition, it will produce new knowledge about differential gene expression in drought tolerant and susceptible breeding lines.

The project has the following major objectives: production of novel qRT-PCR assays for drought-stress responses from these data; selection of a set of 384-drought responsive genes from the available and newly produced datasets; identification of candidate genes associated with drought related traits using association genetics; identification of QTLs associated with drought-related traits by linkage mapping; identification of expression QTLs by using the selected candidate genes associated with drought related traits and newly developed TaqMan assays; validation and identification of novel alleles for the selected drought responsive candidate genes using TILLING; development of data-specific statistical methods and computational tools.

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