ICRISAT: Genes for producing climate-resistant chickpea varieties identified

An international team led by ICRISAT researchers has identified genes that can help produce chickpea varieties that can tolerate both drought and temperature up to 38 degree C. The time taken to develop varieties with these markers can be halved to four years. An international team led by the Hyderabad-based International Crops Research Institute for … Continue reading ICRISAT: Genes for producing climate-resistant chickpea varieties identified

Only 32% of India is resilient to drought

Based on data from 2000 to 2014, only 241 of 634 (about 38%) districts in India were found to be resilient to drought or dry conditions. The remaining 62% districts were non-resilient to varying degrees — slight (180 districts), moderate (80 districts) and severe (133 districts). And only 10 of the 29 States and Union … Continue reading Only 32% of India is resilient to drought

IIT Gandhinagar develops a system to monitor drought in South Asia

It will now be possible to monitor drought at 5-km resolution on near real-time basis. The dataset and drought indicators for south Asia have been made available from 1980 onwards. The database will be updated once every week. Now, near real-time monitoring of drought at a 5-km resolution that will help policy makers and others … Continue reading IIT Gandhinagar develops a system to monitor drought in South Asia

Indian researcher uses novel strategy to increase wheat yield, improve resilience to drought

Using a novel route, an Indian researcher has been able to increase wheat grain yield by 20% and also improve the resilience of wheat to environmental stress such as drought. By using a precursor that enhances the amount of a key sugar signalling molecule (trehalose-6-phosphate (T6P)) produced in wheat plant, Dr. Ram Sagar Misra, from … Continue reading Indian researcher uses novel strategy to increase wheat yield, improve resilience to drought