Feed The Future Innovation Labs

Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, is pairing American ingenuity and expertise with some of the best and brightest minds across the globe through its 23 Feed the Future Innovation Labs. Link to information about the 23 Feed the Future Innovation Labs. LinkArrow2.jpg

USAID Project

This project fosters breeding of high‑yielding, climate resilient chickpea within the context of user‑preferred traits: seed quality and nutrient density, reduced inputs due to climate resilient nitrogen fixation, and biotic stress resistance among them. We have identified and are introducing newly collected wild alleles into diverse high performing elite cultivars. These efforts will make chickpea more resilient to climatic variation, and in the process help alleviate rural poverty, reduce childhood malnutrition, and increase food security for smallholder farmers.  More >>

NSF Project

Chickpea and its wild relatives have a natural capacity for nitrogen fixation, reducing their dependence on fertilizer nitrogen. Nevertheless domesticated legumes, including chickpea, often suffer from low and/or variable rates of nitrogen fixation. This project bridges ecology and molecular biology by means of genomics and quantitative biology to identify and subsequently analyze genes involved in the establishment of the legume rhizobial symbiosis.  More >>

Global Crop Diversity Trust

The GCDT effort includes the dual focuses of (1) curation, increase and distribution of wild germplasm, and (2) analysis of drought tolerance among representative wild accessions. Water availability is critical during reproduction and grain filling, and thus is a key factor in yield. Plant traits that conserve soil moisture even when water is not limiting are likely to be relevant for yield improvement under limiting water conditions, especially in chickpea where the most relevant water stress is terminal drought. More >>

CGIAR Consortium Research Program 3.5 on Grain Legumes

This short-term project (1) assesses molecular diversity among C. reticulatum and C. echinospermum accessions held by CGIAR repositories, and (2) contributes to establishing the genome structure of wild C. reticulatum and C. echinospermum based on long-read sequencing. These molecular tools will facilitate association mapping and introgression breeding for several CRP-GL product line objectives.
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Mars Advanced Research Institute (MARI)

Mars Advanced Research Institute provided a gift to facilitate genotying of pre-breeding populations, accelerating the incorporation of useful wild genetic variation into elite cultivated varieties of chickpea. MARI was established by Mars Incorporated in 2013 as a "networked research institute that drives fundamental research to address critical challenges related to food, agriculture and health shared by Mars and society”. For more information, please visit Mars Science and Innovation website LinkArrow2.jpg and the 2013 Press Release LinkArrow2.jpgfor the announcement detailing the company’s Principles-led approach to business and its commitments.

2Blades Foundation

The 2Blades Foundation project, in partnership with the USAID project, focuses on genomics-aided breeding for disease resistance against the devastating fungal wilt pathogen, Fusarium oxysporum. Link to information about the 2Blades Foundation LinkArrow2.jpg.