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Developing improved varieties of pigeonpea


K.B Saxena

Formerly ICRISAT

Y. S. Chauhan

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

C. V. S. Kumar


A. J. Hingane


R. V. Kumar


R. K. Saxena



Publication date:

15 January 2018

ID: 9781838794200

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Pigeonpea [Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.] is a high protein pulse crop which grows well under biotic and abiotic stress situations. It could play a significant role in meeting the challenges of food security in the tropics and sub-tropics, under the looming threat of drought, warm climate, and rising production costs. This chapter examines the role of pigeonpea in global nutritional security for humans and animals, and addresses the physical, environmental and genetic factors that may affect the sustainability of pigeonpea production. The chapter examines four ways of enhancing pigeonpea production: through crop modeling, an efficient seed system, plant breeding and hybridization. Finally, the chapter considers the latest trends in pigeonpea breeding and production.

Table of contents

1 Introduction
2 Pigeonpea for nutritional security
3 Factors affecting stability of pigeonpea production
4 Genetic factors influencing sustainability of pigeonpea production
5 Enhancing pigeonpea sustainability through crop modelling
6 Enhancing sustainability through an efficient seed system
7 Enhancing sustainability through plant breeding
8 Pigeonpea hybrids for greater productivity and sustainability
9 Future trends and conclusion
10 Where to look for further information
11 References