Improving Ascochyta rabiei resistance in chickpea

  • Chickpeas
  • Disease Management
  • University of Saskatchewan

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Tom Warkentin

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

University of Saskatchewan - CDC

Objective

To find superior sources of blight resistance in wild perennial Cicer species and to transfer this resistance into the cultivated chickpea via hybridization.

Outcome

Results from two-year field screening clearly showed that all perennial species have Ascochyta blight resistance superior to what is available in cultivars even under high disease pressure and no fungicide application. Yet, incorporating this resistance into the cultivated species has proven difficult.

Genetics

SPG Contribution

$358,693.50

Project Status

Complete

Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2005 - 2010

Co-funders

Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture - Agriculture Development Fund