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Genetic modification of grain legumes

Code: 9781838794224
Pooja Bhatnagar-Mathur and Kiran Kumar Sharma, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), India

Chapter synopsis: Grain legumes constitute a number of important oilseeds and food crops of the world. Most of these grow predominantly in the low-input production systems in the developing countries of Asia and Africa and are subject to several production constraints. This chapter addresses progress in and prospects for transgenic interventions in the improvement of grain legumes, concentrating on chickpea, pigeonpea, cowpea, lentils, peas, peanuts and other grain legumes. The chapter shows how these technological interventions provide opportunities for enhancing efficiency and effectiveness of breeding programmes for complex traits, as well as increasing the rate of genetic gains in these nutritious grain legumes. The chapter looks ahead to future trends in this area and provides detailed guidance on further reading.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0023.36
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Genetic engineering of grain legumes 3 Genetic engineering of chickpea 4 Genetic engineering of pigeonpea 5 Genetic engineering of cowpea 6 Genetic engineering of lentil 7 Genetic engineering of pea (Pisum sativum) 8 Genetic engineering of peanut 9 Genetic engineering of other grain legumes: tepary bean, Vigna species and faba bean 10 Challenges in the commercialization of genetically engineered grain legumes 11 Conclusion 12 Future trends 13 Where to look for further information 14 References

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