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Breeding chickpea for drought tolerance and disease resistance

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Most chickpea cultivars grown by farmers in Mediterranean and Australian environments are susceptible to ascochyta blight, affected by terminal drought, susceptible to vegetative and flowering stage cold... Sources of resistance for Ascochyta blight, drought, and Fusarium wilt identified in the first phase of the project were introgressed into Australian adapted cultivars... To enhance the knowledge and accelerate the process of developing new chickpea varieties possessing tolerance/resistance to these traits, seeds of three recombinant inbred (RI) populations for drought, Fusarium wilt and cold tolerance have been increased...
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