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Wide Crossing Technology for Pigeonpea Improvement

  • Nalini MallikarjunaEmail author
  • Rachit K. Saxena
  • M. Byre Gowda
  • Rajeev K. Varshney
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Part of the Compendium of Plant Genomes book series (CPG)

Abstract

Pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan Millsp,) has ample genetic and genomic information now. It is endowed with rich germplasm in different gene pools. One of the easiest material to use in those are in the primary gene pool, which are closely related to cultivated pigeonpea. It is observed that species placed beyond the primary gene pool are a rich source of genetic variation. They contribute beneficial traits to pigeonpea such as pest or disease resistance, resistance to abiotic stresses, cytoplasmic male sterile systems (CMS) leading to yield improvement, and some novel traits such as homozygous pigeonpea lines. To effectively utilize the immense variation present in the secondary, tertiary, and quaternary gene pool of pigeonpea, a thorough knowledge of crossability and concerted effort is essential.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nalini Mallikarjuna
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Rachit K. Saxena
    • 1
  • M. Byre Gowda
    • 3
  • Rajeev K. Varshney
    • 1
  1. 1.International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid TropicsPatancheruIndia
  2. 2.MysoreIndia
  3. 3.All India Co-ordinated Research Project on Pigeonpea, University of Agricultural Sciences, GKVKBengaluruIndia

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