Our Research

We are implementing modern plant breeding methodologies and extension activities to develop resistant varieties. Sources of natural resistance found in African cowpea germplasm and existing knowledge of marker-trait associations for aphid and root-knot nematode resistance are being applied in marker-assisted breeding. Local cultivars with stacked resistance genes are being developed. Novel resistant bush-type long bean varieties are also being developed to enable scaling up production and improving nematode management in commercial farming. The improved germplasm is evaluated by controlled experiments along with outreach activities to enable adoption.

Marker-Assisted Breeding

Kang Sampling Leaves for DNA Genotyping

Figure 1. Hyun Park Kang punching leaf samples for DNA marker genotyping. Photo credit: BL Huynh


MABC long bean populations

Figure 2. Breeding populations grown at high density prior to marker-based selection. Photo credit: BL Huynh


MABC Selection

Figure 3. Selected desirable plants remain following removal of undesirable plants determined by DNA marker genotyping. Photo credit: BL Huynh

Evaluation Experimentation

Resistant Plants Reproducing

Figure 4. A field-based evaluation trial for new resistant breeding lines in a 'hotspot' location for aphid at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research Extension Center, Parlier, CA in 2021. No inorganic pesticide was applied during the course of experiment. Photo credit: BL Huynh


Aphid trial 2021

Figure 5. The highly susceptible cultivar Big Buff was planted as aphid spreader rows. Plants are shown at 58 days after planting when aphids killed most plants of Big Buff and local varieties while the resistant lines grew and reproduced normally. Photo credit: BL Huynh

Educational Outreach

Tailgate meeting 2021

Figure 6. A grower meeting at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research Extension Center, Parlier, CA in 2021. Photo credit: R Dahlquist-Willard


Tailgate Meeting 2021

Figure 7. Plant Breeder Bao-Lam Huynh introducing the evaluation trial and resistance breeding methodologies. Photo credit: T Duong






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