7. Cowpea Breeding

  1. Jules Janick
  1. Anthony E. Hall1,
  2. Bir B. Singh2 and
  3. Jeffrey D. Ehlers1

Published Online: 22 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470650097.ch7

Plant Breeding Reviews, Volume 15

Plant Breeding Reviews, Volume 15

How to Cite

Hall, A. E., Singh, B. B. and Ehlers, J. D. (1997) Cowpea Breeding, in Plant Breeding Reviews, Volume 15 (ed J. Janick), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470650097.ch7

Editor Information

  1. Purdue University, USA

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA

  2. 2

    Kano Station, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Kano, Nigeria

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 12 SEP 1997

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471189046

Online ISBN: 9780470650097



  • cowpea breeding;
  • production zones, cropping systems and constraints;
  • cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp.) - warm conditions and sensitive to chilling;
  • Restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) analysis - substantial genetic differences, the cultigroups;
  • Northeastern Brazil, major production region for cowpea;
  • breeding sole-crops for yield potential;
  • efficiency of conversion of intercepted PFD to plant biomass;
  • breeding for intercropping systems;
  • cowpea responses to temperature and photoperiod - time of first flowering and length;
  • parasitic weed resistance


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Production Zones, Cropping Systems, and Constraints

  • Breeding Sole-Crops for Yield Potential

  • Breeding for Intercropping Systems

  • Breeding for Adaptation to Drought

  • Breeding for Heat Tolerance and Plant Response to Photoperiod

  • Disease Resistance

  • Insect Resistance

  • Resistance to Parasitic Weeds

  • Nematode Resistance

  • Beneficial Root Associations

  • Tolerance to Soil Chemical Stresses

  • Breeding to Enhance Product Quality

  • Breeding Methods

  • Future Breeding Opportunities

  • Literature Cited