Source: Texas A&M University

Promising results from a crossbred cowpea variety has Texas AgriLife Research scientists hopeful that the drought-resistant trait will soon be available to producers.

Though commonly consumed as a food staple, the cowpea (commonly known as the black-eyed pea) has lots of potential to expand into the feedstock sector in both livestock and cropping systems, according to B.B. Singh, Ph.D., a visiting professor in the soil and crop sciences department at Texas A&M University.

In a greenhouse at Texas A&M in College Station, Singh has been working with a group of scientists to breed a drought-resistant cowpea variety. This type of cowpea could be valuable as a food staple in the U.S., Asia, South America and in Africa where high temperatures and little rainfall dictate growing conditions.

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