Health diagnosis of cultivated chickpea and wild relatives

Contributors to this page: ICRISAT, Patancheru, India (Hari D Upadhyaya, Shivali Sharma, Cholenahalli L Laxmipathi Gowda, Dintyala Sastry, Sube Singh); NBPGR, New Delhi, India (Shyam Sharma); ICARDA, Aleppo, Syria (Ahmed Amri, Kenneth Street, Natalya Rukhkyan), SARC-RIPP, Piestany, Slovak Republic (Gabriela Antalikova); Institute of Plant Genetic Resources ‘K.Malkov’, Sadovo, Bulgaria (Siyka Stoyanova); Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia (Bob Redden); IPK, Gatersleben, Germany (Andreas Börner).

Germplasm seed health testing (photo: ICRISAT)

List of pests and diseases of quarantine importance

Click here for more detailed outputs from the page of the safe transfer of germplasm, on this site.

The list below mentions some of the pests/diseases that were considered important worldwide, but many of them may or may not have relevance in specific countries. It also does not consider pests/diseases of limited relevance (e.g. only important in very few countries).




Virus Pea seed borne mosaic poty virus (Malawi and Israel).

Options for testing procedures

Recommended methods to detect the presence of each pest or disease:

Testing intervals/seasons

However, under natural field conditions, the following best practices are recommended:

Ascochyta rabiei

Alternaria alternate, Botrytis cinerea, Colletotrichum dematium
Fusarium wilt Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. ciceris
Phoma medicaginis
Rhizoctonia bataticola

Orobanche spp., Cuscuta spp.
Xanthomonas cassiae

Recording information during health diagnosis

The following information should be recorded for each health diagnosis step:

References and further reading

Chakrabarty SK, Anitha K, Girish AG, Sarath BB, Prasada RRDVJ, Varaprasad KS, Khetarpal RK, Thakur RP. 2005. Germplasm Exchange and Quarantine of ICRISAT Mandate Crops. Information Bulletin No. 69. Rajendranagar 500 030, Andhra Pradesh, India: National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources; and Patancheru 502 324, Andhra Pradesh, India: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics. 80 pp. ISBN 92-9066-481-9.

The Genebanks

The 11 CGIAR genebanks currently conserve 730,000 of cereals and grain legumes, forage crops, tree species, root and tuber crops, bananas and crop wild relatives.