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Genome of ’orphan crop’ pigeonpea cracked

November 6, 2011

Genome of ’orphan crop’ pigeonpea cracked

ScienceDaily (November 6, 2011 )

Once referred to as an "orphan crop" mainly grown by poor farmers, pigeonpea is now set to join the world’s league of major food crops with the completion of its genome sequence.

In the fight against poverty and hunger amid the threat of climate change, highly nutritious, drought-tolerant crops are the best bets for smallholder farmers in marginal environments to survive and improve their livelihoods.

Pigeonpea, grown on about 5 million hectares in Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and South-Central America, is a very important food legume for millions of the poor in the semi-arid regions of the world. Known as the "poor people’s meat" because of its high protein content, it provides a well-balanced diet when accompanied with cereals.

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The above story is based on materials provided by BGI Shenzhen.

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