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Botswana College of Agriculture
Private Bag 0027
Gaborone, Botswana
Phone: +267 - 3650100
Fax: +267 - 3928753
www . bca . bw
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University of Botswana
NRFTC
Botswana Government

The Department of Crop Science Production is made up of seven units, Agronomy, Crop Physiology, Crop Protection, Soil Science,Plant Clinic,Horticulture and Forestry & Range



Crop Science & Production (CSP) Research Projects

SORGHUM ENTOMOLOGY PROJECT

(Molecular, Environmental and Nutritional Evaluation of bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea L. Verdc.) for Food Production in Semi-Arid Africa and India)

This research project, funded by the European Union, links partners in Africa, Europe and India in a programme that combines molecular, environmental and nutritional studies through to final product processing. Central to the work programme is the dissection of the underlying genetics of the crop and its evaluation across a range of environments for traits relating to abiotic factors that currently limit productivity, geographic range and farmer and consumer uptake. Collaborators will identify genes and QTL’s for drought, heat and cold tolerance and photoperiodic control of podding and will link genetic and biochemical composition of seeds to quantify nutritional composition, nutritive value and processing potential of genotypes. The development of molecular markers and genetic maps for bambara groundnut, will be coupled with agronomic and physiological assessment across locations. Gaining an understanding of the genetic basis of these traits and the development and dissemination of tools for their exploitation will provide the foundation for subsequent focused breeding efforts in bambara groundnut. At all stages, end-users will guide researchers toward desirable traits.

For more information on Sorhum Entomology project, contact:
         Professor D. C. Munthali at email: dmunthal@bca.bw

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