Wild relatives of pigeonpea in China uri icon


  • Wild relatives play an important role in the genetic improvementof cultivated crops. Breeders turn their attention tothe wild relatives of crops after unsuccessful search forsome unique trait in the cultivated germplasm. Accordingto van der Maesen (1986) the genus Cajanus has 32 species.Of these, the Indian subcontinent harbors 18 species.ICRISAT has the global responsibility of collection,maintenance, and evaluation of germplasm of the wildrelatives of pigeonpea. At present a total of 213 accessions,representing 20 Cajanus species are conserved for use inthe breeding programs

publication date

  • 2001