Identification of single and multiple disease resistance in desi chickpea genotypes to Ascochyta blight, Botrytis gray mold and Fusarium wilt uri icon

abstract

  • Chickpea (Cicer arietinum) is the third most importantfood legume grown on 11 million ha with 7.1 million tproduction in over 45 countries of the world. The cropsignificantly contributes to human nutrition through highquality protein, soil fertility through biological nitrogenfixation and diversification of cereal-based croppingsystems through water use efficiency. Chickpea productivityis limited by several diseases, of which Ascochyta blight(AB) caused by Ascochyta rabiei, Botrytis gray mold(BGM) caused by Botrytis cinerea and Fusarium wilt(FW) caused by Fusarium oxypsorum f sp ciceris arepredominant. These diseases can be managed by seeddressing and foliar application of fungicides. However,fungicidal management of AB and BGM is unsustainable,uneconomical and hazardous to environment

publication date

  • 2007