Nigeria Approves Confined Field Trial of CowpeaJune 18, 2009
The Federal Government of Nigeria approved the request of the Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR) of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria to conduct confined field trial (CFT) of insect resistant transgenic cowpea. This opens the floodgate for basic research to develop crop varieties resistant to the legume pod borer, Maruca, which causes huge annual cowpea yield losses. Cowpea is the most important food grain legume in the dry savannah of tropical Africa, and it is being consumed in various forms by some 200 million people. At least 128 million ha of cultivable area is devoted for its production either as sole crop or in various mixtures.
The trial site at IAR Samaru will be conducted in line with the regulatory guidelines prescribed by the National Bio-safety Committee, Federal Ministry of Environment, Abuja. A community of scientists from organizations and universities in Africa, Australia and the United States are spearheading a collaborative research with IAR counterparts to develop a biotech crop resistant to the Maruca. The Maruca- resistant cowpeas developed through similar technique had been field tested in a CFT at Puerto Rico in 2008. It is from the Puerto Rican experiment that resistance to the Maruca pod borer was confirmed and scientists in other parts of the world such as Nigeria are challenged to duplicate the feat at their own local field conditions.
Coordinating this multi-lateral partnership is the Nairobi-based African Agricultural Technology Foundation. Other key partners include National Agricultural Research Institutes in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Nigeria, Network for Genetic Improvement of Cowpea in Africa, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Programme for Bio-safety Systems and Monsanto. The United States Agency for International Development and Rockefeller Foundation provide the funds for project implementation. The project aims to deliver the first Maruca- resistant cowpea to farmers in Africa by 2014.
For more information contact Mohammad F. Ishiyaku at email@example.com.
The Crop Biotech Update is a weekly newsletter of ISAAA, a not-for-profit organization. The CBU is distributed for free to over 23,000 subscribers worldwide to inform them about the key developments in biosciences, especially in agricultural biotechnology. Your support will help us in our mission to feed the world with knowledge. You can help by donating as little as $10.
See more articles:
News from Around the World
- Ethiopian Scientist Wins World Food Prize
- FAO Calls for Strengthened Global System for World Food Security
- A Call to G8 to Invest in Agriculture for Highest Payback
- Nigeria Approves Confined Field Trial of Cowpea
- Partnership Aims to Enhance Capacity Building in Rice R&D
- USDA Seeks Comments on Biotech Quality Management System Project
- Smallholder Farmers Key to Help LA Economies Recover from Global Crisis
- Biotech Crops in India: The Dawn of a New Era
- Field Trials of Herbicide-Tolerant Sugarcane in Australia
- Partnership to Protect Yam and Taro Diversity in the Pacific
- EFSA: Antibiotic Marker Genes Unlikely to Harm Human Health and the Environment
- INRA Researchers Identify New Aphid Resistance Gene
- UK Plant Breeders Ask for More R&D Funding
- Scientists Pinpoint Protein Essential for Asymmetric Cell Division
- Plant Growth-Promoting Microbe Shares Features with Human Pathogen
- Follow ISAAA on Twitter
- Chambers is PBS Director
- CABI Global Summit
- Agdia Inc. NPTII ImmnunoStrip for Testing Transgenic Cotton
- New Book on Biotech's Potential to Improve Seed Composition
- Biotech Crops in India: the Dawn of a New Era
Read the latest:
- Crop Biotech Update (January 25, 2023)
- Genome Editing Supplement (January 18, 2023)
- Gene Drive Supplement (January 25, 2023)
Subscribe to CBU: