1st Edition

Legume Crop Wild Relatives Their Role in Improving Climate Resilient Legumes

    272 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Grain Legume crops are an important component of global food and nutritional security and help in maintaining agro-ecological systems. They fix atmospheric nitrogen via the root inhabiting rhizobacteria thereby, minimises the harmful effects caused due to excessive application of synthetic nitrogenous fertilizers in the soil environment. There has been less focus on legume crop wild relatives for harnessing their potential traits and novel gene(s) to incorporate them into the cultivated legumes for developing climate resilience grain legumes. In the proposed edited book, we will highlight the importance of various potential traits of crop wild relatives which are yet to be properly harnessed for designing future climate-resilient grain legumes. We also update how advances in molecular genetics and genomics have enabled underpinning the several candidate gene(s)/genomic regions in various crop wild relatives harbouring adaptive traits that confer climate resilience in grain legumes.

    The readers will be benefiting a new information on various crop wild relatives in grain legumes. How these crop wild relatives could be explored for searching novel climate resilience genes for developing future climate resilient legume crops. They will gain an understanding of how genomic advances (genome sequence, pan genomes) have uncovered the novel genomic regions attributing climate resilience in various grain legumes. Finally, how these wild relatives can play a critical role in maintaining the lost gene(s) due to the domestication process will be discussed.

    Comprehensive information on conventional breeding, advanced breeding, and recent advances in genomics covering all the major crop wild relatives of legumes are not available in a single book. Thus, the proposed book will provide readers with the latest updates on various information covering all aspects of wild species of legumes.

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    Cowpea Wild Relatives for Cowpea Sustainability Through Introgression Breeding

    Crop wild relatives of pea (Pisum sativum) for designing future climate resilient cultivars

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    Dr. Uday C Jha is working in the area of grain legume breeding, genetics and genomics for both biotic and abiotic stress tolerance since 2010 at Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, ICAR, India. He has more than 60 peered reviewed international publications including two edited books published by Springer Nature. He is associated in developing 8 chickpea varieties. He is also serving as subject editor in various journals of international repute.

    Dr. Harsh Nayyar is currently a Professor in Panjab University, India. Dr Nayyar has been working on responses of various food legumes (Chickpea, Lentil, Beans) to drought, cold, heat, salt and metals, for the past 15 years. Dr. Nayyar has published more than 100 research publications in peer reviewed and high impact factor scientific journals. He has been recently rated among top 2% Indian Scientists in a global ranking done by Stanford University, USA, published in PLOS Biology.

    Dr. Kamal Dev Sharma is Professor and Head, Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, CSKHPKV Palampur, India. His area of expertise includes plant genomics and abiotic & biotic stresses of plants with prime focus on Fusarium wilt and cold stress in chickpea. He has published more than 50 research and review articles in internationally reputed journals along with several book chapters.

    Dr. Eric JB von Wettberg is an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont. He has vast experience in conducting research in area of population genomics and domestication of legumes, symbiosis, conservation genetics, landscape genetics, symbiont and microbial mediation of plant traits. He is serving as editorial Board member in various international jpurnals. He has more than 85 peered reviewed publications in reputed journals.

    Professor KHM Siddique has more than 30 years’ experience in agricultural research, teaching and management in both Australia and overseas. He has developed a national and international reputation in agricultural science especially in the fields of crop physiology, production agronomy, farming systems, genetic resources, breeding research in cereal, grain and pasture legumes and oilseed crops.

    He is Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director of The UWA Institute of Agriculture, The University of Western Australia. Professor Siddique is double highly cited Researcher 2021 in agricultural science and plant science (Web of Science).