Improved Methods for Rapid Sucrose Analysis of Cowpea Grain and Assessment of Genetic Environmental Influences on ”Sweetness”
University of California
University of Ghana-Legon (Ghana); INRAN (Niger); ISRA (Senegal); Ahmadu Bello University, University of Kano (Nigeria); Purdue University (US); Sokoine University (Tanzania)
Phillip Roberts (US); Ousmane Boukar (Cameroon); Ndiaga Cisse (Senegal); Issa Drabo (Burkina Faso)
This project provides resources for interaction between economists and cowpea breeders. Dissemination of the improved technique through a formal training effort will help ensure progress in breeding sweet cowpeas and in socioeconomic surveys.
1. Develop an improved methodology for measurement of sucrose content of cowpea grain. 2. Determine the environmental and genetic variability of cowpea grain sucrose content and assess a range of cowpea germplasm for sucrose content. 3. Improve measures of sucrose market price premiums for cowpeas and common beans.