Screening of chickpea kabuli (Cicer arietinum L.) germpalsm against Ascochyta blight (Ascochyta rabiei)

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Screening of chickpea kabuli (Cicer arietinum L.) germpalsm against Ascochyta blight (Ascochyta rabiei)

Muhammad Imran Khan, Waheed Arshad, Muhammad Zeeshan, Shiraz Ali, Ali Nawaz, Amina Batool, Muhammad Fayyaz
J. Bio. Env. Sci.12( 2), 128-132, February 2018.
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Chickpea blight caused by Ascochyta rabiei is a devastating disease of chickpea crop in Pakistan which causes low yield. The present study was designed to identify the resistant sources by evaluating the chickpea material at Barani Agricultural Research Station, Fatehjang under rainfed condition during two consecutive years 2013-2015. A total of 85 chickpea genotypes were screened for Ascochyta blight. Observations on disease were recorded by using international disease rating scale 1-9. Disease data was recorded at reproductive stage and considerable variation was observed at this stage. Out of these 85 lines, 9 were found resistant, 11 were moderately resistant/ susceptible, while 65 entries were found highly susceptible. None of the genotypes were found highly resistant under rainfed condition. These tolerant type genotypes will be useful for developing resistant sources against chickpea blight in germplasm for rainfed areas of Pakistan.


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