Description - Diversity Reference Collection - Chickpea

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Worldwide, chickpea is the fourth largest grain legume crop, predominantly grown in Asia. CGIAR’s and NARS genebanks maintain large collections of chickpea germplasm.  A composite collection of 3000 accessions profiled to form this reference collection of 300 accessions which captures 78% of composite collection alleles.  The reference set represents a critical resource for plant scientists to study new adaptive traits, discover new favorable alleles and also new parental lines for pre-breeding crosses.