Eric Bishop-von Wettberg: Feeding New Friends: Using an Understanding of how Domestication Altered Symbioses and Plant Architecture to Create Crops with Increase Climatic Resilience
I will talk about our work to improve the climatic resilience of chickpea, the second most widely consumed grain legume crop in the world and a key source of dietary protein to many in South Asia and East Africa. By building a systematic collection of wild chickpea and using genomics to guide our introgressions, we are developing new chickpea varieties with improved disease resistance and drought tolerance. This work lays a foundation for preserving and utilizing the wild diversity of a range of crops, and is the basis for new work on field peas, lentils, mungbeans, and hops.
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