Petr Smýkal*, Clarice Coyne, Robert Redden, Nigel Maxted

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Pea is an important temperate region pulse, with feed, fodder and vegetable uses. It originated and was domesticated in Middle East and Mediterranean regions, and formed important dietary components of early civilizations. Although Pisum is a very small genus with two or three species, it is diverse and structured, reflecting taxonomy, ecogeography and breeding gene pools. This diversity has been preserved in collections totalling about 90,000 accessions. Core collections have been formed, facilitating phenotypic and agronomic evaluations. However, only 3% of ex situ collections are wild Pisum sp., with substantially larger diversity. The genomic resources allow initiation of association mapping, linking genetic diversity with trait manifestation. So far, only a small part of wild gene pools have been exploited in breeding for biotic and abiotic stresses. Current genomic knowledge and technologies can facilitate allele mining for novel traits and incorporation from wild Pisum sp. into elite domestic genetic backgrounds.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenetic and Genomic Resources of Grain Legume Improvement
Number of pages40
ISBN (Print)9780123979353
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • Crop wild relatives
  • Genetic diversity
  • Genomics
  • Germplasm
  • Introgression
  • Legumes
  • Pea
  • Pisum
  • Vicieae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Medicine


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