Understanding genome architecture and genome dynamics of elite Canadian chickpea varieties for facilitating molecular breeding

  • Chickpeas
  • University of Saskatchewan

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Bunyamin Tar'an

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

University of Saskatchewan - CDC


To resequence elite Canadian chickpea varieties. To identify structural variations in elite Canadian chickpea varieties. To understand genetic relationships of Canadian chickpea varieties.


The Crop Development Centre (CDC) assembled a panel of 109 elite lines that are important for the Canadian environment and carry superior alleles for a range of agronomic traits. This research focused on the re-sequencing and analysis of these 109 Canadian lines. All 109 lines were also phenotyped under field conditions for agronomic traits important for chickpea production in Saskatchewan. The research provided the basis for large scale discovery of superior alleles that will accelerate chickpea improvement efforts at CDC.

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Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2014 - 2016


Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture - Agriculture Development Fund

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