Enhancing the value of genetic resources for use in pigeonpea improvement
The ICRISAT genebank conserves over 13,700 accessions of pigeonpea from 74 countries. The collection serves as insurance against genetic erosion and provides rich source of diversity for crop improvement. Pigeonpea is often cross pollinated crop, therefore regenerated under insect proof cages, and characterized for morpho-agronomic traits, with most of the traits showing abundant genetic variation. Core and mini core collections representing diversity of the entire collection were developed to discover new sources of variation for use in pigeonpea improvement.