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Large Genetic Variability in Chickpea for Tolerance to Herbicides Imazethapyr and Metribuzin

Author(s): Pooran M. Gaur | Aravind K. Jukanti | Srinivasan Samineni | Sushil K. Chaturvedi | Sarvjeet Singh | Shailesh Tripathi | Inderjit Singh | Guriqbal Singh | Tapas K. Das | Muraleedhar Aski | Neelu Mishra | Nagasamy Nadarajan | C. L. Laxmipathi Gowda

Journal: Agronomy (Basel)
ISSN 2073-4395

Volume: 3;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 524;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: chickpea | Cicer arietinum | genetic variability | herbicide tolerance | imazethapyr | metribuzin

Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) is known to be sensitive to many herbicides and, therefore, choices for using post-emergence herbicides for weed control are limited. The present study was aimed at identifying sources of tolerance to two herbicides with different modes of action (imazethapyr—amino acid synthesis inhibitor; and metribuzin—photosynthesis inhibitor) for use in breeding herbicide tolerant cultivars. Screening of 300 diverse chickpea genotypes (278 accessions from the reference set and 22 breeding lines) revealed large genetic variations for tolerance to herbicides imazethapyr and metribuzin. In general, the sensitivity of the genotypes to metribuzin was higher compared to that for imazethapyr. Several genotypes tolerant to metribuzin (ICC 1205, ICC 1164, ICC 1161, ICC 8195, ICC 11498, ICC 9586, ICC 14402 ICC 283) and imazethapyr (ICC 3239, ICC 7867, ICC 1710, ICC 13441, ICC 13461, ICC 13357, ICC 7668, ICC 13187) were identified, based on average herbicide tolerance scores from two experimental locations each. The herbicide tolerant lines identified in this study will be useful resources for development of herbicide tolerant cultivars and for undertaking genetic and physiological studies on herbicide tolerance in chickpea.
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