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chickpea improvement

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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Chickpea itself has no close wild relatives within its species, Cicer arietinum , and earlier attempts to cross chickpea with distant relatives using conventional hybridisation methods were unsuccessful... We conclude that barriers to wide crosses in chickpea using conventional methods occur after fertilisation, leading to abortion of the hybrid seed before maturity... The success of the project in achieving confirmed hybrids of chickpea X C. bijugum in tissue culture, which have never been achieved using conventional methods, has created much interest among chickpea breeders and researchers and we have been encouraged to continue the research...
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Catalogue: GRDC Final Reports
Wild relatives of chickpea among the genus Cicer have many valuable agronomic traits crucial for improvement of the cultivar... Methods developed for wide crosses with C. pinnatifidum at ICRISAT, India (Mallikarjuna, 1999) were transferred and adapted for crosses between local chickpea cultivars, in Canada and Australia, and C. pinnatifidum... Embryo rescue has good potential as the key to unlocking the treasure chest of distant wild relatives for chickpea improvement...
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