A program to develop improved cowpea cultivars, management methods, and storage practices for semiarid zones
University of California - Riverside
Collaborating Scientists' Institutions: ISRA (Senegal); Government of India
Anthony E. Halt (US); I. imanoulaye Cisse, Francois Faye (Senegal)
Alan N. Eckard, Prabodh N. Patel (US); Amadou Bocar Bal, Nidiaga Cisse, Madiagne Diagne, D.G. Gaikwad, Mamadou Gueye, Famara Massaly, Dogo Seck, Samba Thia (Senegal)
To increase seed production and yield stability of cowpeas grown in hot semiarid zones by subsistence farmers. The focal point of this research will be the development of “Mini-Kit” pre-extension trials to compare local methods with experimental treatments of cowpea cultivars, management methods and conservation practices. Research on experiment stations and experiments in farmers’ fields will focus on breeding, agronomy, plant pathology, rhizobiology, entomology and cowpea storage. In the U.S., research will focus on the development of techniques for screening cowpeas for resistance to drought and heat and on other factors limiting yield potential.