From the parental lines, over 300 populations have been created that possess unique traits, including higher yield, earliness, tolerance to drought stress, resistance to diseases (scab, Cercospora leafspot and Fusarium wilt) and insects (flower bud thrips and bruchids) and preferred seed size and color. Advancement of populations for further testing and release are ongoing processes.
From the initial accessions, the top 30 high-yielding and adaptable lines have progressed to the National Performance Trial. Joint testing of MaRCCI lines is conducted with SeedCo, with potential for their commercialization. Our ten-year cowpea breeding plan is shown on the opposite figure (to be updated).