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Title Multi-purpose cowpea inoculation for improved yields in small holder farms in Kenya
Official Acronym COWBIA
FiBL project number 10067

This PhD project intends to; 1) identify competitive and effective rhizobial strains capable of providing sufficient nitrogen derived from BNF for cowpea cultivated in two agro-ecological zones in Kenya, 2) identify optimal cowpea cultivar-rhizobial strain combinations with improved yield and protein content for different growing conditions of small holder farmers in Kenya, 3) develop molecular markers for the evaluation and monitoring of rhizobial inoculation of improved strains, and 4) develop efficient phenotyping assays for large scale screening of cowpea genotypes for improved symbiosis that can be implemented in breeding programs.

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Project status completed
Start of project 01.03.2013
End of project 28.02.2016
Financing/ Donor
  • Sawiris Fellowships Program of ETH Globals
Project partners
  • IITA Kenya
  • ETH Zürich
FiBL project leader/ contact
  • Thonar Cécile (Department of Soil Sciences)
FiBL project staff
  • Messmer Monika (Department of Crop Sciences)
  • Thonar Cécile (Department of Soil Sciences)
Role of FiBL

Research and coordination

Research area
Date modified 06.06.2019
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