Skip to main content Accessibility help
  • Print publication year: 2013
  • Online publication date: March 2013

13 - Transforming the cowpea, an African orphan staple crop grown predominantly by women

from Part 2 - New genetic crops across the emerging world


Adesoye, A., Machuka, J., and Togun, A. (2008). CRY 1AB trangenic cowpea obtained by nodal electroporation. African Journal of Biotechnology 7, 3200–3210.
Anon (2006). Lost Crops of Africa, vol. 2, Vegetables. National Academies Press, Washington, DC.
Baributsa, D., Lowenberg-DeBoer, J., Murdock, L. L., and Moussa, B. (2010). Profitable chemical-free cowpea storage technology for smallholder farmers in Africa: opportunities and challenges. 10th International Working Conference on Stored Product Protection, Estoril, Portugal.
Fatokun, C., and Ng, Q. (2007). Outcrossing in cowpea. International Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment 5, 334–338.
Huesing, J., Romeis, J., Ellstrand, N., et al. (2011). Regulatory considerations surrounding the deployment of Bt-expressing cowpea in Africa: report of the deliberations of an expert panel. GM Crops 2, 211–224.
James, C. (2012). Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2011, ISAAA Brief No. 43. International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications, Ithaca, NY.
Kononowicz, A. K., Cheah, K. T., Narasimhan, M. L., et al. (eds.) (1997). Developing a Transformation Systems for Cowpea (Vigna unguiculata [L.] Walp.). International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Langyintuo, A. S., and Lowenberg-DeBoer, J. (2006). Potential regional trade implications of adopting Bt cowpea in west and central Africa. AgBioForum 9, 111–120.
Langyintuo, A. S., Lowenberg-Deboer, J., Faye, M., et al. (2003). Cowpea supply and demand in West and Central Africa. Field Crops Research 82, 215–231.
Muchero, W., Diop, N. N., Bhat, P. R., et al. (2009). A consensus genetic map of cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L) Walp.] and synteny based on EST-derived SNPs. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 106, 18 159–18 164.
Murdock, L., Coulibaly, O., Higgins, T., et al. (2008). Cowpea. In C. Kole and T. C. Hall (eds.) Compendium of Transgenic Crop Plants: Transgenic Legume Grains and Forages, pp. 23–36. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford.
Ohler, T., Nielsen, S., and Mitchell, C. (1996). Varying plant density and harvest time to optimize cowpea leaf yield and nutrient content. HortScience 31, 193–197.
Paarlberg, R. (2008). Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA.
Popelka, J. C., Gollasch, S., Moore, A., Molvig, L., and Higgins, T. J. V. (2006). Genetic transformation of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L.) and stable transmission of the transgenes to progeny. Plant Cell Reports 25, 304–312.
Silva, V. D. P. R., Campos, J. H. B. C., Silva, M. T., and Azevedo, P. V. (2010). Impact of global warming on cowpea bean cultivation in northeastern Brazil, Agricultural Water Management 97, 1760–1768.
Solleti, S., Bakshi, S., Purkayastha, J., Panda, S., and Sahoo, L. (2008). Transgenic cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) seeds expressing a bean α-amylase inhibitor 1 confer resistance to storage pests, bruchid beetles. Plant Cell Reports 27, 1841–1850.
Sprent, J. I., Odee, D. W., and Dakora, F. D. (2010). African legumes: a vital but under-utilized resource. Journal of Experimental Botany 61, 1257–1265.
Taylor, T. A. (1967). The bionomics of Maruca testulalis Gey. (Lepidoptera:Pyralidae), a major pest of cowpeas in Nigeria. Journal of the West African Science Association 12, 111–129.
Taylor, T. A. (1968). The pathogenicity of Bacillus thuringiensis var. thuringiensis Berliner for larvae of Maruca testulalis Geyer. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 11, 386–389.
Timko, M., Rushton, P., Laudeman, T., et al. (2008). Sequencing and analysis of the gene-rich space of cowpea. BMC Genomics 9, 103.
Vaillancourt, R. E., and Weeden, N. F. (1992). Chloroplast DNA polymorphism suggests Nigerian center of domestication for the cowpea, Vigna unguiculata (Leguminosae). American Journal of Botany 79, 1194–1199.