Molecular Marker Assisted Approaches (MMAA) for enhancing Low Water Stress Tolerance in Common Bean: An Update  

Sajad Majeed Zargar1 , Muslima Nazir2 , Nancy Gupta1 , Sufia Farhat1 , Reetika Mahajan1 , R K Salgotra1 , Randeep Rakwal3,4,5 , Ganesh Kumar Agrawal4,5 , Rakeeb Ahmad Mir6
1. School of Biotechnology, S K University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu, Chatha, Jammu-180009, India
2. Department of Botany, Jamia Hamdard University, Hamdard Nagar, New Delhi-110062, India
3. Organization for Educational Initiatives, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577, Japan
4. Research Laboratory for Biotechnology and Biochemistry (RLABB), Kathmandu, Nepal
5. GRADE Academy Private Limited, Adarsh Nagar-13, Main Road, Birgunj, Nepal
6. Center for Biodiversity Studies, BGSB University, Rajouri, J&K-185234, India
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Molecular Plant Breeding, 2014, Vol. 5, No. 14   doi: 10.5376/mpb.2014.05.0014
Received: 28 Sep., 2014    Accepted: 12 Oct., 2014    Published: 26 Nov., 2014
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Zargar et al., Molecular Marker Assisted Approaches (MMAA) for enhancing low water stress tolerance in Common bean: An update, Molecular Plant Breeding, 2014, Vol.5, No. 14 1-12 (doi: 10.5376/mpb.2014.05.0014)


Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is an important leguminous crop from the nutritional point of view, as it is rich in micronutrients as well as protein content. Drought stress is a major abiotic stress which reduces yield of crops to a major extent. Common bean is mostly cultivated under rain-fed conditions and due to very frequent droughts at the critical growth stages, there is a reduction in its average yield to a larger extent. Therefore, there is an urgent need of developing drought resistant common bean cultivars. Advances in omics approaches have opened a path to tackle many unresolved problems pertaining to crop sustainability. In this review we have discussed various options of using genomics-based approaches, mainly molecular marker assisted approaches (MMAA) to address drought tolerance in common bean. Moreover, we have also emphasized the limitations of conventional breeding approaches in tackling complex traits in crop plants.

Drought; Common bean; Molecular markers; Candidate genes; Association mapping
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