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Agronomy 2017, 7(1), 11;

Towards Zinc Biofortification in Chickpea: Performance of Chickpea Cultivars in Response to Soil Zinc Application

School of Plant and Horticultural Sciences, Hawassa University, P.O. Box 5, Hawassa, Ethiopia
Hawassa Agricultural Research Center, P.O. Box 6, Hawassa, Ethiopia
Crop Development Centre/Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8, Canada
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Academic Editors: Jerry H. Cherney and Peter Langridge
Received: 16 November 2016 / Revised: 19 January 2017 / Accepted: 2 February 2017 / Published: 7 February 2017
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A field experiment was conducted at three locations in the southern region of Ethiopia during the 2012 and 2013 cropping seasons to evaluate chickpea cultivars for their response to soil zinc application, including agronomic performance, grain yield, grain zinc concentration, zinc and agronomic efficiency. Fifteen chickpea cultivars were evaluated in a randomized complete block design with three replications at each location and year. The highest number of pods (237) plant−1 was obtained from Butajira local landrace. The cultivar Naatolii produced the highest grain yield (2895 kg·ha−1), while the breeding line FLIP03-53C had the lowest yield (1700 kg·ha−1). The highest zinc concentrations of 47.5, 47.4, and 46.4 mg·kg−1 grain were obtained from the cultivar Arerti, and the two breeding lines FLIP07-27C and FLIP08-60C, respectively. The highest zinc efficiency (88%) was obtained from the Wolayita local landrace, whereas the highest agronomic efficiency of 68.4 kg yield increase kg−1 zinc application was obtained from the cultivar Naatolii. The current research identified chickpea cultivars with high grain zinc concentration, zinc efficiency, agronomic efficiency, and grain yield. The identification of cultivars with high grain zinc concentration allows the use of chickpea as a potential alternative to help to correct zinc deficiency, which is highly prevalent in the population of the region. View Full-Text
Keywords: chickpea; cultivars; zinc application; grain zinc concentration; biofortification chickpea; cultivars; zinc application; grain zinc concentration; biofortification

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Hidoto, L.; Tar’an, B.; Worku, W.; Mohammed, H. Towards Zinc Biofortification in Chickpea: Performance of Chickpea Cultivars in Response to Soil Zinc Application. Agronomy 2017, 7, 11.

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