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UCR researchers awarded nearly $1.7M to develop improved cowpea varieties
Date:11/6/2007

ef="http://www.facultydirectory.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/pub/public_individual.pl?faculty=3119">Anthony Hall, a professor emeritus of plant physiology, pioneered work on cowpea at UCR. His research on cowpea physiology contributed to a deeper understanding of cowpeas adaptation to drought, heat and poor soils. He also led the effort to establish the first genetic map for cowpea.

The recipient of numerous national and international awards, Hall helped develop and then run an internationally respected long-term project involving scientists from UCR, Senegal and Ghana.

The project trained 13 African scientists (10 doctorates; 3 master of science degrees) and released improved, early maturing cowpea varieties in Senegal (3 varieties: Mouride in 1992, Melakh in 1995, and Yacine in 2004), Ghana (Marfo-Tuya and Aapagbaala, both in 2004) and Sudan (Ein-el-Ghazal in 2003). These varieties have combinations of heat and drought tolerance and improved pest resistance that enhance farmer productivity.

Since 2002, UCR has worked closely with cowpea breeding programs in Burkina Faso, where new candidate varieties developed by UCR are being tested on-farm; and in Cameroon, where UCR is providing support, materials and guidance to re-establish a discontinued breeding program.

The university also works with cowpea scientists from other African countries through exchanges of cowpea germplasm (or seed stocks) as well as the sharing of information and expertise.


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