Genetic Improvement of Pigeon Pea — A Review uri icon

abstract

  • Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millspaugh) is a short-livedperennial shrub that is traditionally cultivated as an annualcrop in developing countries. It is an important legume cropmostly produced in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and theCaribbean region. Based on the vast natural genetic variabilityin local germplasm and the presence of numerous wildrelatives, van der Maesen (139) concluded that India isprobably its primary center of origin. Pigeon pea is a hardy,widely adapted and drought tolerant crop with a largetemporal variation (90?300 days) for maturity. These traitsallow its cultivation in a range of environments and croppingsystems. Globally, pigeon pea is cultivated on 4.92 millionhectares (Mha) with an annual production of 3.65 metric tonsand productivity of 898 kg ha?1 (http://faostat.fao.org/). InAsia, India

publication date

  • 2008
  • 2008