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Mar 30, 2010

Drought Resistant (DT) Cowpeas on the Horizon

Photo: International Institute for
Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
AllAfrica.com reports that researchers at the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the University of California - Riverside are developing new cowpea varieties that will be more drought resistant.  It is unclear whether these will be gene-modified (GM) or created through conventional hybridization.

Cowpeas are a staple in the savannah region of Africa, providing a rich sources of protein.  It is susceptible to drought, disease and weeds such as striga.

For more see: Hassan, Tina. "Scientists to Develop Drought Resistant Cowpea," AllAfrica.com, 30 March 2010.

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