Centre of excellence for high-throughput allele determination for molecular breeding

Published on 21 April 2011

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Start Date: 1 January 2011 | End Date: 31 December 2013


The Center of Excellence in Genomics (CEG)at ICRISAT proposes to focus its efforts over the next three years on three main components:
(a) Genotyping Services, (b) Capacity Strengthening, and (c) Modern Pulse Improvement.
During the past three years, the CEG has offered SSR and DArT genotyping services to a number of partners for a range of projects.CEG plan to continue to offer cost effective and high-throughput genotyping services to Indian national programmes on cost-tocost basis and to add SNP analyses to the suite of molecular marker services. Since 2008, the CEG has provided training to about 200 scientists including 161 Indian scientists by organizing 8 training courses in the area of molecular marker technologies .CEG now plan to offer training in high-throughput SNP genotyping data analysis, deployment of modern breeding methodologies such as MABC, MARS and GS in crop improvement to at least 50 Indian scientists involved in pulse improvement. In collaboration of the GCP’s TLI project, IARI, IIPR and ICRISAT will partner in molecular breeding research to enhance drought tolerance in leading Indian chickpea varieties by employing MABC and MARS approaches using the SNP genotyping facilities. In addition, ANGRAU, IIPR and ICRISAT will partner in the molecular mapping of FW and SMD resistance in pigeonpea. Collectively,the project aims to build a Centre of Excellence in Genomics that not only provide critical services for Indian scientists, but also help improve the productivity of two leading Indian pulse crops- chickpea and pigeonpea. The outputs of the CEG will be shared with the wider pulse communities through the AICRPs on Chickpea and Pigeonpea.

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