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We are seeking to boost the productivity of important legume crops in Africa via the application of marker-assisted breeding. Our strategy is to support scientists in the target countries by providing research grants, laboratories, screen houses, advice, training, equipment and supplies to enable them to use molecular biology tools to support crop improvement.

We are also exploring the potential resilience to climate change of underutilised legume species in India and in African countries.

Funding is generally restricted to public sector agricultural research organisations and higher education institutions in target countries.


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KT would like to wish Colin Dexter all the best for the future as he moves to Taunton, in Somerset. Colin has been with KT for almost 14 years, looking after the West African projects working on cowpea.

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We are pleased to welcome Dr María Muñoz-Amatriaín, who joins KT's team of consultants to guide the West African Cowpea Consortium (WACC) projects. María was based at UC Riverside before joining Colorado State University in 2019. In July 2021, she relocated back to Spain, where she joined Universidad de León as a distinguished researcher

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KT would like to welcome Gordon Spankie to the team. With 36 year’s accounting experience, Gordon replaces Kerry du Plessis, who has been with KT since its inception in 2000. Kerry and has been an integral part of the team throughout, and so KT would like to warmly thank her and wish her all the best as she embarks on an exciting new career path.

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French versions of the lab protocols have now been added to the website. Please click the button below to find out more.



The improved cowpea varieties FUAMPEA 3 and FUAMPEA 4 (the

large-seeded versions of FUAMPEA 1 and FUAMPEA 2 bred to be resistant to Striga) have been officially released to farmers in Nigeria. These were developed by the KT-funded cowpea improvement programme led by Dr Lucky Omoigui at the Federal University of Makurdi.



Congratulations to Professor Sir Edwin Southern and Professor Mike Timko, who have been awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre de l'Etalon by the government of Burkina Faso for their contribution to research on cowpea in Burkina Faso.


Main consortia

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African Bean Consortium (ABC)

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West African Cowpea Consortium (WACC)

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Stress Tolerant Orphan Legumes (STOL)