Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 1–5 | Cite as

Preliminary screening and selection for cold tolerance in annual wild Cicer species

  • C. Toker
Short Communication


The study was aimed to select cold tolerant accessions of annual wild Cicer species in the highlands in the west Mediterranean area of Turkey. A total of 43 accessions of eight annual wild Cicer species was screened for cold tolerance and compared with the best cold tolerant cultivars, ILC 8262 and FLIP 93-53C. After the sensitive check, ILC 533, was killed, accessions were evaluated using a 1–9 scale. Three accessions of Cicer bijugum, 2 accessions of Cicer reticulatum and 2 accessions of Cicer echinospermum were highly cold tolerant, while 3 accessions of C. bijugum, 9 accessions of C. reticulatum, 2 accessions of C. echinospermum and 1 accession of Cicer pinnatifidum were cold tolerant. All accessions of Cicer judaicum were sensitive to cold. Whereas Cicer chorassanicum and Cicer cuneatum were killed, Cicer yamashitae was recorded as highly sensitive to cold. The cold tolerant accessions of annual wild Cicer species were superior to the best cultivar as far as hardiness is concerned.

Key words

Anatolia Annual Cicer species Chickpea Cold tolerance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. Toker
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  1. 1.Department of Field Crops, Faculty of AgricultureAkdeniz UniversityTurkey

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