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Front. Plant Sci. | doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.01340

Biotic and abiotic constraints in mungbean production - progress in genetic improvement

  • 1World Vegetable Center South Asia, India
  • 2Department of Agricultural Research, Myanmar, Myanmar
  • 3Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute, Bangladesh
  • 4Indian Institute of Pulses Research, India
  • 5Pakistan Agricultural Research Council, Pakistan
  • 6Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization, Kenya
  • 7National Agricultural Research Organisation, Uganda
  • 8Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Australia
  • 9National Institute of Abiotic Stress Management (ICAR), India
  • 10World Vegetable Center, Taiwan

Mungbean [Vigna radiata (L.) R. Wilczek var. radiata] is an important food and cash legume crop in Asia. Development of short duration varieties has paved the way for the expansion of mungbean into other regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa and South America. Mungbean productivity is constrained by biotic and abiotic factors. Bruchids, whitefly, thrips, stem fly, aphids and pod borers are the major insect-pests. The major diseases of mungbean are yellow mosaic (viral), anthracnose, powdery mildew, Cercospora leaf spot, dry root rot (fungal), halo blight, bacterial leaf spot and tan spot (bacterial). Key abiotic stresses affecting mungbean production are water-logging, salinity and heat stress. Mungbean breeding has been critical in developing varieties with resistance to biotic and abiotic factors, but there are many constraints still to be addressed that include the precise and accurate identification of resistance source(s) for some of the traits and the traits being conferred by multi genes. Latest technologies in phenotyping, genomics, proteomics and metabolomics could be of great help to understand insect/pathogen-plant, plant-environment interactions and the key components responsible for resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. This review discusses current biotic and abiotic constraints in mungbean production and the challenges in genetic improvement.

Keywords: mungbean, Breeding, Stresses, Insect-pests, Diseases, marker-assisted selection

Received: 27 Mar 2019; Accepted: 25 Sep 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Madhavan Nair, Pandey, WAR, HanumanthaRao, Shwe, Alam, Pratap, Malik, Karimi, Mbeyagala, Douglas, Rane and Schafleitner. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Dr. Ramakrishnan Madhavan Nair, World Vegetable Center South Asia, Hyderabad, 502324, Telangana, India,