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Hybrid pigeonpea: Accomplishments and challenges for the next decade

Saxena, K.B., Sameer Kumar, C.V., Saxena, R.K., Vijaykumar, R., Singh, I.P., Hingane, A.J., Mula, M.G., Patil, S.B. and Varshney, R.K.ORCID: 0000-0002-4562-9131 (2016) Hybrid pigeonpea: Accomplishments and challenges for the next decade. Legume Perspectives (11). pp. 30-32.


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 genomics tools.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: The International Legume Society (ILS) and co-published by Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (CSIC) and Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica
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