भाकृअनुप - भारतीय मक्का अनुसंधान संस्थान

ICAR - Indian Institute of Maize Research

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Nurturing Diversity, Resilience, Livelihood & Industrial Inputs

Heat Tolerant Maize for Asia (HTMA-II)

Title of project: Heat Tolerant Maize for Asia (HTMA-II)
Funding agency: CIMMYT
Total approved cost of the project: 73.50 lakhs


  1. Enhance genetic gains and strengthen climate resilient maize breeding pipeline through deployment of validated genomic regions for heat tolerance into Asia-adapted germplasm 6
  2. Integrate rapid-cycle genomic selection and doubled haploid (DH) technology as a mainstream breeding tools for accelerated genetic gains for heat and heat + drought tolerance in maize
  3. Develop, validate and deploy high-throughput phenotyping platform and algorithms to measure subtle, reproducible, physiologically relevant changes in maize plants under heat and heat + drought stresses
  4. Accelerated development and inclusive deployment of elite, stress-resilient maize hybrids through public-private producer partnerships (PPPP)
  5. Strengthen capacity of NARS and SME seed companies for sustainable development and delivery of improved stress-resilient maize varieties

Project team:
Dr Ramesh Kumar(PI) , Dr SL Jat (CO-PI) and Dr Bhupender Kumar (CO-PI)

Major achievements:
• Hybrid ZH191085 performed good under heat stress conditions
• ZH182082 gave a yield of > 8.0 t/ha under heat stress conditions