Cowpea Improvement

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The pod borer (Maruca vitrata) inflicts severe damage to cowpea leading to yield losses of between 70–80% in severe infestations. Spraying with insecticide has not been widely adopted by farmers due to the prohibitive costs. AATF is addressing this problem by facilitating the development of Maruca-resistant transgenic cowpea varieties, thereby minimising insecticide use and its effects on health and the environment.

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