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Kirkhouse Trust – Benchmarking Traits Controlling the Plant Water Budget in “Orphan” Legumes

The difficulty of comparing crops species for their “drought tolerance” is that “tolerance” is often confused with simple differences in plant water needs. For instance peanut develops a larger leaf area, has longer duration and higher yield potential than cowpea, but needs more water to fulfil its growth cycle. Both peanut and cowpea are considered drought tolerant, but each species fits specific environments where the rainfall and length of the growing season matches their water and duration requirement.

Mr. Antoine Pineau

Mr. Antoine Pineau Intern Teams 100% Main Areas of Research Evaporation demand and Cereal (Maize, Sorghum and Pearl Millet) leaf area expansion. Benchmarking traits controlling the plant water budget in “orphan” legumes (Moth Bean, Cowpea, Rice Bean, Peanut, Horse Gram, Dolichos, Soybean, Mung Bean, Bean). University University Ecole Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse (ENSAT), France. … Continue reading Mr. Antoine Pineau


Phenotyping After the given plant phenotype is reasonably understood and the potential economic value of the phenotype assessed in silico, ultimately, the tools enabling massive screening of such phenotype is inevitable to assist the breeding programs. To encounter the typical breeding population size and screen for the phenotype relevant for crop production improvement in target … Continue reading Phenotyping