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An orphan crop comes home: how the mighty, meaty pigeonpea genome was decoded

Pigeon pea plant small31 Jan 2012

A six-year, multi-institute collaborative project has successfully sequenced the pigeonpea genome. This result opens the floodgates for developing new varieties of the legume, which in turn will have a significant impact on the lives of people in resource-poor communities in the semi-arid regions.

The initiative was led by Rajeev K Varshney, GCP's Theme 1 Leader (Comparative and Applied Genomics), who, with others, elaborates on the many virtues and challenges of this courageous crop and the opportunities brought by access to its genome.

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