Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 60, Issue 6, pp 1801–1815 | Cite as

Ecogeographic analysis of pea collection sites from China to determine potential sites with abiotic stresses

  • Ling Li
  • Robert J. Redden
  • Xuxiao Zong
  • J. D. Berger
  • Sarita Jane Bennett
Research Article


Pea (Pisum sativum L.) is grown widely throughout China and has undergone natural selection throughout its agricultural range over 2,000 years. Here we characterize collection site habitats to develop an understanding of the key selection pressures likely to be imposed by each environment to facilitate the investigation of specific adaptation. We characterized 240 collection sites of 529 pea landraces, across 25 provinces and 3 municipalities of China comprising the main pea cropping regions for climatic variables. Multivariate analyses showed that collection sites tended to cluster along geographic and abiotic stress clines. Spring sown sites and winter sown sites were clearly separated into 6 and 7 habitat type clusters respectively. In addition, regions which experience extreme abiotic stresses of frost, drought and high temperature in the reproductive period for pea landraces, were identified as targets for germplasm to be tested for respective tolerances to these stresses.


Adaptation Ecogeography Habitat characterisation Pea landraces Pisum sativum 



The senior author would like to acknowledge the Vavilov-Frankel Fellowship support from Bioversity International, for funding this study, and the Australian Temperate Field Crops Collection (ATFCC) at the Department of Primary Industry (DPI) for providing the work place. I thank my supervisor Dr. Robert Redden for support and help, Dr. Jens Berger and Dr. Sarita Jane Bennett for analytical assistance.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ling Li
    • 1
  • Robert J. Redden
    • 2
  • Xuxiao Zong
    • 3
  • J. D. Berger
    • 4
  • Sarita Jane Bennett
    • 5
  1. 1.Liaoning Institute of Cash CropsLiaoning Academy of Agricultural SciencesLiaoyangChina
  2. 2.Australian Temperate Field Crops Collection, Grains Innovation ParkThe Department of Primary IndustriesHorshamAustralia
  3. 3.Institute of Crop Science/National Key Facility for Crop Gene Resources and Genetic ImprovementChinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingChina
  4. 4.CSIRO Plant IndustryWembleyAustralia
  5. 5.Department of Environment and AgricultureCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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