Potential of Short-Duration Chickpea Varieties uri icon


  • Discussions with chickpea scientists and a review of reports and data from more than 1200 international trials and nursery sets, indicated that damage to chickpea by diseases and drought were the main causes of lower than expected yields and trial failures. Incorporation of resistances to multiple stresses through breeding is a long-drawn process. Most losses to chickpea productivity occur during the reproductive phase. The advent of extra-shortduration varieties developed for short-season, tropical environments has provided a means of escaping these losses. A similar strategy of reducing crop duration may increase and stabilize yields in long-season, sub-tropical environments. It is proposed that this may beachieved by incorporating genes for earliness, determinancy and chilling tolerance

publication date

  • 1996