Plumper groundnuts (middle) from wide cross

Plumper groundnuts (middle) from wide cross

When plant breeders seek new genetic traits to improve food crops, the search often leads them into uncharted waters – the genetically-remote pools of diversity of related wild species. Combing the depths of these unexplored gene pools is not easy or quick, but can result in game-changing discoveries.

The latest ‘What ICRISAT Thinks‘ blog post describes how Gene Pool Gems are improving three of the most important grain legume crops of the poor: groundnut (peanut), pigeonpea and chickpea.