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TitleCowpea: a legume crop for a challenging environment
Author(s)Carvalho, Márcia
Lino-Neto, T.
Rosa, Eduardo
Carnide, Valdemar
Genetic Variation
Nutritive Value
genetic diversity
morphological traits
molecular markers
drought stress
gene expression
Issue dateOct-2017
JournalJournal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
CitationCarvalho, M., Lino‐Neto, T., Rosa, E., & Carnide, V. (2017). Cowpea: a legume crop for a challenging environment. Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.
Abstract(s)Cowpea is a grain legume native from Africa and is a primary source of protein for millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa and other parts of the developing world. The main important characteristics of this crop include a good protein quality with a high nutritional value, its nitrogen-fixing ability, and an ability to be more drought- and heat-tolerant than most of its legume relatives. In a research perspective, studies of cowpea are relatively scarce, despite its relevance to agriculture in the developing world and its resilience to stress. The present review provides an overview of different aspects of cowpea, with a special emphasis on the molecular markers for assessing genetic diversity, as well as on biochemical and transcriptomic data with respect to evaluating cowpea drought stress tolerance. The integration of both datasets will be useful for the improvement of cowpea because research on drought stress tolerance is of major interest for this crop in a challenging environment. © 2017 Society of Chemical Industry.
DescriptionRunning title: Cowpea for a challenging environment
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