Genetic limits threaten chickpeas, a globally critical food

(University of Vermont) Scientists have discovered an extreme lack of genetic diversity and other threats to the future adaptability of domestic chickpeas, the primary source of protein of 20 percent of the world's people. But they also collected wild relatives of chickpeas in Turkey that hold great promise as a source of new genes for traits like drought-resistance, resistance to pod-boring beetles, and heat tolerance.
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news