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Better chickpeas possible, harnessing genetic traits of wild cousins
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: June 03, 2024 08:46AM

A collaborative study conducted by scientists from the International Crops
Research for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), The University of Western
Australia (UWA), and Murdoch University finds that wild species of chickpea
have greater genetic diversity and variations. The study reveals the
potential of using wild relatives to improve chickpeas.

To broaden chickpea diversity, the research team identified 24,827 gene
families and successfully produced a 'super-pangenome' based on the de novo
genome assemblies of eight annual Cicer wild species. The study also
produced a graph-based super-pangenome that can help identify and transfer
valuable genes from wild species to cultivated ones.


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