Progress and achievements were assessed and future directions were mapped out at the fifth review and planning meeting of the project “Genomic Approaches for Stress Tolerant Chickpea.”

This project brings together Australian and Indian partners contributing distinct but complementary multidisciplinary strengths in physiology, molecular biology and breeding.

Participants of the review and planning meeting at NIPGR. Photo: ICRISAT

Dr Rajeev Varshney, ICRISAT Research Program Director – Grain Legumes and Project Coordinator, acknowledged the impressive progress of the different project activities by all partner organizations in India, congratulating the participants for their excellent work.

In India, the project is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the framework of Australia-India Strategic Research Fund. Coordinated by ICRISAT, other partner organizations in India include the National Institute of Plant Genome Research (NIPGR), Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), and Krishidhan Seeds Pvt Ltd. In Australia, it is being coordinated by the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG), and has eight partner organizations.

“We are thankful to DST, Government of India for funding this project thus giving us an opportunity to work with NIPGR and IARI on these exciting activities. We thank all project partners from India and Australia, especially ACPFG, for all their support and hard work,” Dr Varshney added.

He also discussed ICRISAT’s recently launched “3000 Chickpea Genome Sequencing Initiative,” an initiative to sequence the global chickpea collection to identify superior alleles and use them in breeding program for chickpea improvement.

The review and planning meeting was held at NIPGR, New Delhi on 6 May. Other participants of the meeting included: Drs Abhishek Rathore, Manish Roorkiwal, Mahendar Thudi, Gaurav Agarwal, Aamir W Khan and Deepa Jagannathan of ICRISAT; Dr Ch Bharadwaj,  Mr Shailesh Tripathi, Dr Sumit Singh and Ms Tripti Singhal of IARI; and Drs Mukesh Jain, Sabhyata Bhatia,

Rohini Garg and Vikash K Singh of NIPGR.

This project is being undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings