Research Goals

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate Resilient Chickpea research focuses on multiple allied projects.

  • The USAID project which 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.
  • The NSF 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. 
  • The Global Crop Diversity Trust effort includes the dual focuses of (1) curation, increase and distribution of wild germplasm, and (2) analysis of drought tolerance among representative wild accessions.
  • The CGIAR Consortium Research Program 3.5 on Grain Legumes (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 and linkage mapping.
  • 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.
  • Funding from MARS Inc. facilitates genotying of pre-breeding populations, accelerating the incorporation of useful wild genetic variation into elite cultivated varieties of chickpea.