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April 30, 2019 Tuesday 02:56:53 PM IST

Scientists Achieve Breakthrough In Sequencing 429 Chickpea Lines

Science Innovations

A team of scientists under International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) have completed the process of sequencing of 429 chickpea lines taken from 45 nations which are tolerant to drought and heat.

The sequencing which comes after a three year effort and will help in the development of new varieties of this pulses variety capable of giving higher yields, resistant to pest and diseases and able to withstand extreme weather conditions.


About 90% of the chickpea production is in Asian regions and India is set to benefit as pulses constitute a staple diet rich in proteins and vitamins for a large section of the population.However, there is a gap between production and demand in the country and the new research may help India in attaining self -sufficiency.

Source:https://www.icrisat.org/global-team-cracks-genetic-code-to-develop-high-yielding-climate-resilient-chickpea/



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