Chickpea is the 4th largest grain legume crop, predominantly grown in Asia. Drought, salinity, and variations in temperature are the major abiotic constraints. CGIAR genebanks maintain a large collection of chickpea germplasm. For enhancing the utilization of chickpea germplasm in breeding and genomics applications, a global composite collection and reference subset have been developed.
Upadhyaya, H.D.; Dwivedi, S.L.; Udupa, S.M.; Varshney, R.K.; Furman, B.J.; Baum, M.; Kashiwagi, J.; Vadez, V.; Krishnamurthy, L.; Prasanth, V.P.; Hoisington, D.A.; Chandra, S.; Singh, S.; Gowda, C.L.L. Mining allelic diversity associated with drought and salinity tolerance in reference subset of chickpea germplasm collections. Presented at the Generation Challenge Program 2007 Annual Research Meeting, Benoni, South Africa, 12-16 Sept. 2007. (2007)