Markers for a QTL ‘hotspot' for drought tolerance in chickpea

Product Description/Background

SSR and other markers associated with a ‘hotspot' harboring several QTL for root-related traits  for drought tolerance contributing more than 30 percent of the phenotypic variation as well as for CID (60 percent of phenotypic variation) including four other minor effect QTLs. The following markers have been found associated within or flanking the QTL hotspot.  Within these TAA170 and ICCM0249 appear to be the most important.








All marker information available on request. Contact: Rajeev Varshney, ICRISAT, Patancheru, India

Markers cited above are freely available for use.  This information can be taken to any qualified laboratory for generation of markers and subsequent genotyping of germplasm materials.  In addition, the Integrated Breeding Platform Genotyping Service provides a set of options for users to access different marker service laboratories in the public and private sector with clear contractual conditions. The service identifies laboratories able to provide services for genetic diversity analysis and plant breeding applications and negotiates favourable terms for IBP clients. Laboratories are selected on the basis of competitive cost, fit with quality control requirements and expeditious delivery. Click here for a list and description of laboratories and services. Click on  Service request for details of how to access genotyping services through the platform. For additional information and help on using the IBP Marker Service, contact Chunlin He.

If you need assistance in the use of these markers refer to  IBP Breeding Services or for more information contact Mark Sawkins or Chunlin He.

Supporting Germplasm Resources

If it is determined that the local collection contains little or insufficient tolerance to drought conditions, introgression of theQTL from outsourced germplasm may be necessary.  The following accessions  are being used to introgress the QTL hotspot into elite chickpea germplasm:  ICC4958 (desi), ICC8261 (kubuli).

For more information and ordering accessions contact:

Dr H D Upadhyaya
Assistant Research Program Director-Grain Legumes 
and Principal Scientist and Head Gene Bank
Andhra Pradesh, India 

Supporting publications

Deepa Jaganathan, et al. Towards fine mapping of drought tolerance related QTL region in chickpea using genotyping by sequencing (GBS) approach. PAG XXI Conference Abstract PO362 January 2013.

Gaur, P M and Krishnamurthy, L and Kashiwagi, J (2008) Improving drought-avoidance root traits in chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) - current status of research at ICRISAT.Plant Production Science, 11 (1). pp. 3-11.

Project Annual Technical Report G6007.04 Improved chickpea productivity for marginal environments in sub-Saharan Africa. 2009.

Supplementary resources

Upadhyaya, H D and Kashiwagi, J and Varshney, R K and Gaur, P M and Saxena, K B and Krishnamurthy, L and Gowda, C L L and Pundir, R P S and Chaturvedi, S Kand Basu, P S and Singh, I P (2010) Phenotyping chickpeas and pigeonpeas for adaptation to drought. In: Drought phenotyping in crops: from theory to practice. Generation Challenge Programme, pp. 347-355.

Kashiwagi, J and Krishnamurthy, L and Gaur, P M and Chandra, S and Upadhyaya, H D (2008) Estimation of gene effects of the drought avoidance root characteristics in chickpea (C. arietinum L.). Field Crops Research, 105 (1-2). pp. 64-69. ISSN 03784290

Manish Roorkiwal.  Progress in marker-assisted breeding for drought tolerance inchickpea. Manish Roorkiwal. 2013  Plant and Animal Genomics Conference Poster.

Contributing GCP Project Source

GCP Project G6007.04 Improved chickpea productivity for marginal environments in sub-Saharan Africa. PI: Pooran Gaur, ICRISAT, Patancheru, India. Principal Investigator: Rajeev Varshney, ICRISAT, Patancheru, India (



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