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Freeze-resistant chickpeas offer higher, more stable yields
Winter-planted chickpea crops can be severely damaged by cold spells. New genotypes can survive temperatures as low as –24°C.
Chickpea is vital source of protein in many countries – but the crop is often severely affected by cold temperatures at critical stages of growth. ICARDA and its partners are developing varieties that can survive long spells of freezing temperatures during the vegetative stage, and/or rapid temperature fluctuations during the reproductive phase. The first is a long-standing problem. The second is becoming increasingly frequent in West and South Asia.