Hybrid pigeonpea: Accomplishments and challenges for the next decade
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Kulbhushan Saxena, Indra P. Singh, Hingane Anupama, Myer G. Mula, Suyash Patil, Ravikoti Vijaykumar, Rajeev Varshney, Chanda Venkata Sameer Kumar, Rachit Saxena. (Accepted on 8/1/2016). Hybrid pigeonpea: Accomplishments and challenges for the next decade. Legume Prespectives.
Release of the world’s first commercial pigeonpea hybrid is considered a milestone in the history of legume breeding. At present three commercial hybrids with yield advantages of 30 -50% are available. This has been possible due to success breeding of (i) a stable CMS system, (ii) quality fertility restorers, and (iii) standardized seed production technology. To sustain the achievements of this breakthrough, it is essential that superior hybrids are bred at regular intervals. In this communication an attempt has been made to highlight the achievements of hybrid breeding and consolidate strategies to develop new high yielding hybrids and their seed technology using the latest breeding and genomicstools.