Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate Resilient Cowpea

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate Resilient Cowpea is led from the University of California, Riverside by Dr. Timothy Close of the Dept. of Botany and Plant Sciences, Dr. Philip Roberts in the Department of Nematology and Dr. Stefano Lonardi in the Department of Computer Sciences, coupled with the leading cowpea breeders at strategically located sites in the Sudano-Sahelian cowpea production regions of West Africa. This includes Burkina Faso, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal (see “West African Teams”). Our work combines computational biology, genome research, making crosses, progeny selection and field testing of breeding lines, along with training. The ultimate objectives in the five year project period are human capacity building in West Africa and development of elite advanced breeding lines, supporting the continued release of improved new cowpea varieties for adoption in local production systems.

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