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Insect tolerant chickpea for Bangladesh

This Small Research Activity aims to remove a constraint to the productivity and profitability of the chickpea crop in Bangladesh.
This project will evaluate how gene technology can protect chickpea against pod borer (Helicoverpa armigera) and bruchids (Callosobruchus maculatus and C. chinensis) in Bangladesh. It will explore whether gene technology using chickpea lines could reinvigorate (increase) the chickpea crop by overcoming insect pests.
Podborer-resistant and bruchid-resistant chickpea varieties would be a long awaited innovation. These lines would reduce smallholder farmers' use of chemical pesticides and so protect their environment. They would also make food production systems more sustainable by breaking disease cycles and fixing nitrogen in low input agricultural systems.
The SRA is the first step of a five-year research program that will develop insect resistant chickpea cultivars with traits needed for Bangladeshi conditions and higher yield potential.