Denomination: 'Amit'
Botanical Name: Cicer arietinum
Applicant/Holder: A.R.O. Volcani Center
P.O. Box 6
Bet Dagan
Breeder: A.R.O. Volcani Center, Bet Dagan, Israel
Agent in Canada: Terramax Holdings Corporation
Box 345
Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan
S0G 4A0
Tel: 306-699-7368
Application Date: 1999-12-16
Application Number: 99-1983
Grant of Rights Date: 2002-03-01
Certificate Number: 1143
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2020-03-01

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'CDC Chico'

Summary: 'Amit' chickpea has medium intensity of branching compared to the reference variety, 'CDC Chico', which has weak. The round seeds of 'Amit' are light beige with no ribbing whereas 'CDC Chico' has medium ochre (brownish yellow), round to angular seeds with medium ribbing.


'Amit' is a mid-season chickpea variety with an erect growth habit with medium intensity of branching. The foliage is medium to dark green with no anthocyanin colouration of the stem. The white flowers of 'Amit' open early to mid-season. The medium green pods bear predominantly two ovules. One month after harvest, the round seeds of 'Amit' are light beige with no ribbing.

Origin & Breeding History: 'Amit' originated from within a Bulgarian land race. Selections began in 1990. Selection criteria included yield, ascochyta blight resistance and seed size. Breeder seed was bulked in the fifth generation.

Tests & Trials: Tests and trials for 'Amit' were conducted at Qu'appelle, Saskatchewan during the summers of 1999 and 2000. Trials were tested in a 4 replicate randomized block design. Measured characteristics were based on 20 plants each year. Tests and trials results indicated in the table are based on two year averages.

Comparison tables for 'Amit' with reference variety 'CDC Chico'

Plant height (cm)

  'Amit' 'CDC Chico'
mean 64.9 66.7
range 58 - 74 59 - 72
std. deviation 3.8 4.7

Leaflet length (cm)

  'Amit' 'CDC Chico'
mean 1.30 1.34
range 1.0 - 1.6 1.2 - 1.6
std. deviation 0.14 0.13

Leaflet width (cm)

  'Amit' 'CDC Chico'
mean 0.67 0.73
range 0.4 - 0.9 0.5 - 1.2
std. deviation 0.10 0.18

Pod length (mm)

  'Amit' 'CDC Chico'
mean 24.1 21.8
range 21 - 26 19 - 24
std. deviation 1.38 1.29

Pod width (mm)

  'Amit' 'CDC Chico'
mean 10.37 9.97
range 9.0 - 11.5 8.5 - 11.5
std. deviation 0.76 0.77
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