The chickpea is an ancient crop that is still important in both developed and developing nations. This authoritative account by international experts covers all aspects of chickpea breeding and management, and the integrated pest management and biotechnology applications that are important to its improvement. With topics covered including origin and taxonomy, ecology, distribution and genetics, this book combines the many and varied research issues impacting on production and utilization of the chickpea crop on its journey from paddock to plate.
* History and origin of chickpea.; * Taxonomy of the genus Cicer revisited; * The ecology of chickpea; * Uses, Consumption and Utilization; * Nutritional value of chickpea; * Anti-Nutritional Factors; * Area, Production and Distribution; * Rhizobium Management and Nitrogen Fixation; * Chickpea in Cropping Systems; * Nutrition Management in Chickpea; * Weed Management in Chickpea; * Irrigation Management in Chickpea; * Integrated Crop Production and Management Technology of Chickpea; * Commercial Cultivation and Profitability; * Genetics and Cytogenetics; * Utilization of wild relatives; * Biodiversity Management in Chickpea; * Conventional Breeding Methods; * Breeding Achievements; * Chichpea Seed Production; * Ciceromics: Advancement in Genomics and Recent Molecular Techniques; * Development of Transgenics in Chickpea; * Abiotic Stresses; * Diseases and Their Management; * Host Plant Resistance and Insect Pest Management in Chickpea; * Storage of Chickpea; * International Trade; * Crop Simulation Models for Yield Prediction; * Chickpea Farmers; * Genotype by Environment Interaction and Chickpea Improvement.
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