To identify and dissect the genetic architecture of complex traits in chickpea, a specifically designed Nested Association Mapping (NAM) population of chickpea is being developed.

Currently, field-based phenotyping of 3,000 chickpea lines from the composite collection is being carried out at six national agricultural research system (NARS) locations in India. These lines are also being re-sequenced. This project brings together six partners including four NARS institutes, ICARDA and ICRISAT to use the chickpea genome sequence for its improvement.

At the inaugural session of the meeting on ‘Utilizing Chickpea Genome Sequence for Crop Improvement’, Dr Dharm Pal Malik, Additional Commissioner (Crops), Department of Agriculture and Cooperation (DAC), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, spoke of the need for improved chickpea to meet the goal of nutritional food security.

Dr NP Singh, Director, IIPR, explained how the project will help translate genomics research for chickpea improvement.

The project includes partners from all the major chickpea growing regions in India. All the centers presented the progress on the project activities. In addition, ideas for improving the implementation as well as planning activities for the forthcoming season of the project were discussed. Prior to the meeting, ICRISAT team visited the chickpea field trials at several partner locations.

This meet was hosted by the Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur, on 11 April. This project is being undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes.

Adapted from ICRISAT Happenings