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At the World Cowpea Research Conference, crop experts embrace one of agriculture's oldest legumes -- prized for protein and resilience to hot, dry climates -- as food for people, livestock and astronauts.
Cowpea, a protein-rich legume crop, is immensely important in many parts of the world, particularly drought-prone regions of Africa and Asia, where it plays a central role in the diet and economy of hundreds of millions of people.
The cowpea or black-eyed pea, as it is more commonly known, is a New Year's tradition for good luck. But disease and particularly aphids, which can wreck a crop within a few a days, are especially bad luck for the cowpea, according to scientists.
Azuki Systems, Inc., an innovator in the interactive mobile media technology market, today announced that it has expanded its executive team with the appointment of Andy Roberts as vice president of advanced technology and Mark Basler as vice president of business development.
In order to help about 200 million people in west and central Africa, a research team is hoping to increase the drought- and disease-resistance of the black-eyed pea, also known as the cowpea.
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