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Developing climate-resilient chickpea based on genetic potential of natural populations

The University of California (UC), Davis, and ICRISAT will work together on developing climate resilient chickpea from germplasm that includes cultivated chickpea introgressed with the wild ancestor of chickpea (Cicer reticulatum) from unique, diverse, and recent collections in Turkey. ICRISAT will phenotype a range of chickpea materials for climate resilience using specialized phenotyping platforms (LeasyScan and LysiField). Both revIL lines and advanced backcross material will be phenotyped for climate resilience. In the first phase, using a representative set of genotypes…

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Towards using new tools for improving food legumes

The need for utilizing new tools to address drought management, herbicide tolerance, marker assisted selection (MAS) to assist overall crop improvement, inclusion of groundnut and initiating a research student exchange program were some of the plans discussed for Phase II of the project under the Morocco-India Food Legumes Initiative (MIFLI). The need to enhance south-south collaboration among Moroccan institutes and ICRISAT-Africa was emphasized by Dr Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director Grain Legumes and Director, Centre of Excellence in Genomics (CEG),…

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Training on hybrid pigeonpea technology

A two-day training program on hybrid pigeonpea technology was held at ICRISAT headquarters on 11-12 November, bringing together government officers, progressive farmers and entrepreneurs from Maharashtra, India. Over 20 senior officers from Department of Agriculture (DoA), Maharashtra and 12 progressive farmers including staff from Krishi Vigyan Kendras participated in this important training program. During 2014 cropping season, the Government of Maharashtra promoted pigeonpea hybrid on 6000 ha through the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) scheme in collaboration with ICRISAT. Despite…

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Sharing lessons and solutions across countries and across value chains

In a first of its kind, a cross-country workshop was conducted across two crop value chains and across two countries – pigeonpea in Tanzania and groundnut in Uganda. To improve the value chains of both crops a set of recommendations emerged at the two-day workshop held in Tanzania. Some of the main recommendations were: To agree on a set of simple standards that provide premiums to producers of quality products tailored to market needs. The agreed standards should be implemented…

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Grain Legumes

Grain Legumes is a partnership among four CGIAR Research Institutes: ICRISAT as lead center, CIAT, ICARDA and IITA, along with several public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers worldwide.

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