Texas A&M researchers to study cowpea drought and heat tolerance

Researchers from Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will soon be applying knowledge of DNA sequencing in a small legume to a much broader spectrum of crops within the agricultural industry. New cowpea (also known as a black eyed pea) varieties have been created to better withstand heat, droughts, and phosphorous levels. “This will help researchers design tools to effectively combine multiple traits into new cultivars adapted to the globally changing climate in this and related crops, thus supporting the long-term genetic improvement and sustainability of U.S. agriculture and food systems.” The information gleaned from studying cowpeas can be applied to other crops such as corn and cotton.

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