Chickpea genomes sequenced in India

icrisatA team of Indian researchers has undertaken the sequencing of thousands of chickpea genomes as part of an international project to make it resistant to climate change and pests and thereby increase yields of a key crop across the developing world.

The accessions have been resequenced at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, as part of the ‘3,000 Chickpea Genome Sequencing Initiative’ —  an international effort to sequence and phenotype the chickpea global composite collection.

The scientists are also preparing to phenotype the chickpea accessions at different sites across India for a second year. Combined with the genomic data, they hope to identify superior, stress- resistant varieties of chickpea, with the first results of the project expected by the end of 2016.

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