Larry Murdock, a PI in the Bean/Cowpea CRSP who worked on cowpea grain storage technologies (triple bagging/PICS bags) and was the visionary behind Bt cowpea research, has been named a “Distinguished Professor” at Purdue University—the first in the Entomology Department.
With Bean/Cowpea CRSP funding, Dr. Larry Murdock was responsible for conducting the pioneering research to identify potential genes to control Maruca pod borer in cowpea.
Sostino Mocumbe, a grad-uate student working with
the project “Farmer Decision-Making Strategies for Improved Soil Fertility Management in Maize-Bean Production Systems” was highlighted in an article in the Greenlee Gazette. Link to read the article Research Impacting Developing Countries.
The 60th meeting of the Society of the Central American Cooperative Program for the Improvement of Crops and Animals (PCCMCA) will be held this year in Guatemala, May 4-7, 2015. Link for more information and view the brochure.
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (Legume Innovation Lab) contributes to economic growth and food and nutrition security through knowledge and technology generation that strengthens grain legume (e.g., bean, cowpea, tepary beans, etc.) value chains and enhances the capacity and sustainability of agriculture research institutions that serve grain legume sectors in developing countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.
Mark Your Calendars!
Pan-African Grain Legume Research Conference
World Cowpea Research Conference
28 February to 4 March 2016
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (Legume Innovation Lab), the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and the Pan-African Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), in partnership with the Zambian Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the Zambian Agriculture Research Institute (ZARI), and the Center for Coordination of Agricultural Research for Development in Southern Africa (CCARDESA), are pleased to announce the upcoming joint Pan-African Grain Legume Research Conference and World Cowpea Research Conference to be held in Livingstone, Zambia from 28 February to 4 March 2016.
For Full Annoumcement, click here.
Legume Innovation Lab Presents Plenary of Legumes at PCCMCA Meeting
Legume Innovation Lab PIs participated significantly in the 60th annual meeting of the Society of the Central American Cooperative Program for the Improvement of Crops and Animals (PCCMCA) during the May 4-7 conference in Guatemala.
On Wednesday, May 5, the almost three-hour morning plenary session focused on grain legumes, with three presentations by Legume Innovation Lab scientists. Irv Widders, director, presented an overview of legume research and their value in developing countries in a presentation
For the full story, link here.
IYOP Events Page Launched
The Legume Innovation Lab has created a special link on its menu bar to keep its researcher up-to-date on events connected to the International Year of Pulses.
The first page link is dedicated to the upcoming Pan-African Grain Legume Conference, and will be updated regularly. A general Events page has also been created to provide information on forthcoming events.
While the LIL links will not be comprehensive for all IYOP events (see IYOP page for comprehensive information), they will be updated regularly.
Announcements on IYOP events will also appear on the LIL facebook page and twitter site.
Legume Scholars Program, Update
The application deadline for the Legume Scholars Program has been reached and the application process is now closed. More than 200 applications were received and are under review.
The Legume Innovation Lab thanks all of its researchers and collaborators for their enthusiastic response to the call for nominations. Information on the Legume Scholars Program is available here.
Legume Innovation Lab Launches Facebook Page
The Legume Innovation Lab is on Facebook. Please “like” our page here to receive updates and stories on legume research.
Legume Innovation Lab on Twitter
The Legume Innovation Lab has launched a Twitter account named Legume InnovationLab. Follow our feed to receive the latest updates on the Lab and research and development work related to the legume sector.