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genetics and breeding,bioengineering and biosafety,genomics,cowpea in the systems,biotic stresses,post harvest and utilization,socio-economics.

genetics and breeding,bioengineering and biosafety,genomics,cowpea in the systems,biotic stresses,post harvest and utilization,socio-economics.

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  • 1. Matters arising from 5th WCC
  • 2. Sessions Oral presentation Poster A – Scientific SessionsGenetics and Breeding 9 11Bioengineering and 10 -biosafetyGenomics 8 6Cowpea in the systems 13 10Biotic stresses 9 6Post harvest and 10 7UtilizationSocio-economics 8 5 B – Special SessionsPICS 6 -Bt cowpea Special 10 -session
  • 3. Some Key FindingsGenetics and Breeding:- new orientations to breedcowpea varieties with enhanced human nutrition andhealth benefit traits.Bioengineering and biosafety:- Bt cowpea under CFTs inNigeria.- Cowpea with a-amylase gene from common beanproposed
  • 4. Genomics- An improved consensus genetic linkage map of cowpeabased on six RIL populations spanning 680 cM in 11linkage groups with an average density of one markerper 0.73 cM was presented.- An update of cowpea genome sequencing presented,including a summary of partial genome assembly intocontigs and coupling of these contigs to the physicalmap via alignment to BAC-end sequences and thegenetic map via alignment to the sequences of mappedgenes.
  • 5. Purdue Improved Cowpea storage: dissemination oftechnologyBiology of maruca in cowpea pest managementData on cowpea production and consumption: Morecomprehensive than before
  • 6. Gaps/Weaknesses• Poor participation by African NARS scientistsand students• Host plant resistance research: very limitedactivities reported• Health benefits of cowpea consumption: Noreport• Processing• Industrial/Private sector• Germplasm characterization still limited• Natural resource management – Planting pattern
  • 7. Cowpea grains being prepared for flourBread with 10% cowpeaflour
  • 8. Conclusion• The leading role played by IITA in world cowpearesearch and development was reflected andacknowledged by several participants• IITA should take the opportunity given by thisconference to develop a long term strategy for cowpearesearch, also with regard to the implementation ofCRP3.• A meeting involving all the scientists working on thecrop is needed to identify the research priorities leadingto the improvement of cowpea productivity in sub-Saharan Africa.