CHICKPEAS... CSIRO’s Jens Berger tagging wild chickpea plants with locals during a  collection mission in Turkey. CHICKPEAS... CSIRO’s Jens Berger tagging wild chickpea plants with locals during a collection mission in Turkey. PHOTO: J Berger, CSIRO

Bright future for Aussie chickpeas

A MULTI-nation research collaboration is expected to unlock new opportunities for Australian chickpea production.

Researchers supported by the Grains Research and Development Corp­or­ation have collected and multiplied wild chickpea species from the Middle East.

They hope to build a unique genetic resource, from which traits are screened for potential incorporation into disease resistant, stress tolerant, high yielding varieties.

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