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Utilisation of wild relatives in the breeding of cowpea for improved adaptation to drought and heat

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Project Description
Though cowpea tolerance of drought and heat is superior to most other crops, the predictions for climate change in sub-Saharan Africa suggest that there is a need for germplasm with even greater levels of adaptation, in addition to resistance to pests and diseases. This project facilitated the identification of genotypes of cowpea wild relatives that demonstrate drought and heat tolerance. These genotypes were crossed with elite cultivated germplasm and the progeny evaluated.
Institute Name
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria (IITA)
Institute Country
List of Countries
  • Nigeria
  • Niger
  • Burkina Faso
Crop Seed or Veg type Acc collected Acc regenerated Acc sent to CG Acc introduced to genebank Acc sent to Svalbard
Cowpea 0 0 0 0 0
Program Name
Crop Wild Relatives
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
Start Date
1st of May 2016
End Date
1st of December 2018
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