Disease and salinity resistant pigeonpea, currently under evaluation, might soon reach millions of Indian farmers. PC: ICRISAT and Michael Major/Crop Trust
There is a need to exploit new and diverse sources of variations for the genetic improvement of pigeonpea. Wild Cajanus species possess high levels of resistance/tolerance for various biotic/abiotic stresses and provide novel genetic variations for pigeonpea improvement. Dr. Shivali Sharma, Principal Investigator and Theme Leader – Pre-breeding, ICRISAT explains.
Photo: Dr. Benjamin Kilian of the Crop Trust and ICRISAT’s Dr. Shivali Sharma monitor a pigeonpea pre-breeding trial on the ICRISAT campus. Picture Credit– Michael Major/Crop Trust
Our goal of increasing the livelihood and nutrition security of smallholder farmers moves forward, and pre-breeding has hastened the process of reaching better crop varieties to farmers.” — Dr. Peter Carberry, Director General, ICRISAT.
(L-R) Dr. Pyae Pyo Thi, Dept of Agricultural Research, Myanmar; Dr. Rajeev Varshney, Research Program Director – Genetic Gains, ICRISAT; Dr. Peter Carberry, Director General, ICRISAT; Dr. Shivali Sharma, Theme Leader – Pre-breeding, ICRISAT; and Dr. NVPR Ganga Rao, Pigeonpea Breeder, ICRISAT Nairobi; announcing the project launch.