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Improvement of Drought Tolerance in Chickpea through Induced Mutations

News Article
14 October 2008

Putative mutant lines of Chickpea Desi, at NIFA, Pakistan

This project is under the umbrella of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) and hosted by the Nuclear Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in Peshawar (NWFP and FATA Provinces).

Excellent work is being accomplished there in terms of crop breeding, particularly in mutation breeding. The multidisciplinary research groups integrate excellent researchers and the results are outstanding.

The Chickpea breeding programme at NIFA is receiving a great deal of attention due to nation-wide success and accessibility to farmers in drought prone regions of Karak and Lakki Marwat, and in most of the south-eastern part of the NWFP Province.

The IAEA's appreciation for the high level of research and the commitment of all scientists involved in the TC projects, together with the support provided by the administration and the new Director, Dr. Farooq-e-Azam is hereby expressed.

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