Chickpea – Accelerating development of genomic resources and strengthening NARS partner capacities for enhancing adoption of molecular breeding for drought tolerance in chickpea

Published on 21 April 2011

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Start Date: 1 July 2010 | End Date: 30 June 2014


The Chickpea Challenge Initiative (CCI) supports the overall objectives of the Tropical Legumes I Phase II (TLI-Phase II) project to develop and help institutionalize modern breeding of chickpea in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and South Asia (SA). More specifically, the CCI supports key components of two of the TL-1 Phase II workplan activities, 1) Develop genomic resources for enhancing MABC and MARS activities, and 2) Strengthen capacity of NARS partners. The objectives of CCI Activity 1 include developing closely linked molecular markers with QTLs for drought tolerance, identification of informative set of SNP markers for crosses being employed in the TLI and TLII breeding efforts, developing cost effective SNP genotyping platform and implementing selection tools being developed by the Integrated Breeding Platform (IBP), SNP genotyping and data production in support of MARS breeding being conducted under TLI Phase II Activity 3.  Activity 2, with active participation of NARS partners, will have heavy emphasis on capacity building in the area of modern breeding by facilitating research activities of NARS partners including PhD and Masters degree students hosted by them (Kenya and Ethiopia). The Phase II of TL-I has a plan to organize one training course at Patancheru (India) for NARS partners of TLI and TLII team members. This CCI proposal will strengthen the activities of Activity 4 of Phase II of TL-I to enhance the effectiveness and practicality of molecular breeding for delivery of improved chickpea varieties in SSA and SA. In summary, the important outputs of of this CCI proposal will include: a) a larger number of markers associated with QTLs for drought tolerance will be available for screening the polymorphism between recipient and donor genotypes, b) a larger number of informative set of SNPs for crosses being deployed in TL-I and TL-II, c) cost effective genotyping platform for molecular breeding, and d) enhanced capacity of NARS partners to undertake molecular breeding in chickpea

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