Unlocking the treasure chest for chickpea improvement: Utilisation of annual wild Cicer in wide crosses


Wild relatives among the genus Cicer have many valuable agronomic traits crucial for improvement of the cultivar. So far though, the treasure chest of natural diversity among wild Civer remains locked. Few Alleles have been successfully introgressed into chickpea (C. arietinum), and indeed few breeders even consider exploitation of Cicer species in their programs. One reason is that chickpea has no wild relatives within its own species, C. arietnum, and only two annual wild species are readily hybridised with chickpea using conventional crossing techniques. Therefore, a new approach is needed to utilise the more distantly related species in the secondary and tertiary genepools.


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