Two outcrossing mechanisms in cowpeas, Vigna unguiculata (L.) WALP

Rachie, K.O. and Rawal, K. and Franckowiak, J.D. and Akinpelu, M.A. (1975) Two outcrossing mechanisms in cowpeas, Vigna unguiculata (L.) WALP. Euphytica, 24 (1). pp. 159-163.

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Several types of outcrossing mechanisms in cowpeas are observed in breeding plots at IITA. Two of these have been studied. One is genetic male sterility controlled by the simple recessive conditions of a gene designated as ms 2 ms 2. The other is mechanical male sterility involving petals constricted in such a way as to provide an opening for stigma and style to emerge at an early, pre-receptive stage of development; while simultaneously restricting stamen development. It is also inherited as a recessive character with the gene symbol designation of Cp-as normal and cp cp as constricted petal. The flower structure is unique and is easily recognized in large populations. Because fruit set is extremely poor it appears less promising than the genetic male sterility at present.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: SNNigam Collection
Uncontrolled Keywords: Outcrossing mechanisms, Cowpeas
Author Affiliation: International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria
Subjects: Crop Improvement
Divisions: Other Crops
Depositing User: Mr Arbind Seth
Date Deposited: 15 May 2013 04:11
Last Modified: 15 May 2013 04:11
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