Chickpea breakthrough

A GLOBAL study involving scientists from The University of Western Australia (UWA) has identified genes that can be used to develop drought and heat tolerant chickpeas.

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Researcher Rajeev Varshney in a field of chickpeas. Picture courtesy UWA.

Chickpeas are the third most commonly produced grain legume, however drought and increasing temperatures (heat stress) are estimated to cause the loss of more than 70 per cent of global chickpea