Centre of Excellence for High-throughput Allele Determination for Molecular Breeding

Published on 21 April 2011

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Start Date: 1 January 2006 | End Date: 31 December 2010

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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 (Annexure I). We plan to continue to offer cost effective and high-throughput genotyping services to Indian national programmes on cost-to-cost 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 .In this project CEG 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 atleast 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 partners will continue to build a Centre of Excellence in Genomics to not only provide critical services for Indian scientists, but to 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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