We are pleased to announce that the Feed the Future Innovation Lab Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes, known as the Dry Grain Pulses Collaborative Research Support Program (Pulse CRSP) from 2007 to 2012 and now to be called the Legume Innovation Lab, has been awarded a $24.5 million extension for 4.5 years, through September 29, 2017.
The research work of Pulse CRSP PI Dr. Barry Pittendrigh (PI-UIUC-1) was featured on the Big Ten Network in February 2013.
Link to main video article
Dr. Irv Widders, director, and Dr. Cynthia Donovan, deputy director, Legume Innovation Lab, were interviewed at the 2012 World Food Prize in Des Moines, Iowa, in December 2012, on how grain legumes contribute to Feed the Future Strategic Initiatives. Link to Video.
(This column is updated regularly to reflect vital information for researchers and managers connected to PULSE CRSP projects and grants. If nothing is listed, nothing is immediately due.)
Increasing Pulse Productivity through Integrated Crop Management (ICM)
- Biological controls for affordable, integrated management of insect pests in cowpea
- Improved Rhizobium inoculants and bean varieties with high biological nitrogen-fixing capacity
- Bean genotypes with root architectures more efficient in P uptake and adapted to drought
- ICM technologies to enhance productivity and sustainability of pulse-based cropping systems
Using Improved Pulse Crop Productivity to Reinvigorate Smallholder Mixed Farming Systems in Western Kenya. PIs: Julie Lauren, Cornell University and John Ojiem, Kenyan Agriculture Research Institute (KARI), Kenya. CU-1
Improving Bean Production in Drought-Prone, Low Fertility Soils of Africa and Latin America – An Integrated Approach. PIs: Jonathan Lynch and Jill Findeis, Pennsylvania State University; Magalhaes Miguel, Celestina Jochua, and Soares Xerinda, Instituto de Investigação Agrária Moçambique (IIAM), Mozambique; and Juan Carlos Rosas, Escuela Agricola Panamericana-Zamorano (EAP), Honduras. PSU-1
Enhancing Biological Nitrogen Fixation of Leguminous Crops Grown on Degraded Soils in Uganda, Rwananiada, and Tanz. PIs: Mark Westgate, Iowa State University; Mateete Bekunda, Makerere University, Uganda; Susan Mchimbi-Msolla and Hamisi Tindwa, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania; Augustine Musoni, Institit des Sciences Agronomiques du Rwanda, Rwanda; Michael Ugen, National Crops Research Institute, Uganda; Henry Kizito Musoke, Volunteer Efforts for Developmental Concerns (VEDCO), Uganda; Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, Washington State University; Karen Cichy, USDA-ARS, Michigan State University; and Eda Reinot, Becker Underwood, Inc., Iowa. ISU-2
Biological Foundations for Management of Field Insect Pests of Cowpea in Africa. PIs: Barry Pittendrigh, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Clementine Dabire, Institut de l’Environment et des Rechereches Agricole (INERA), Burkina Faso; Ibrahim Baoua, l’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique du Niger (INRAN), Niger; Mohammad Ishiyaku, Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Nigeria; and Mamadou N’Diaye, Institute d’Economie Rurale du Mali (IER), Mali. UlUC-1
Announcements & Opportunities
U.S. Borlaug Summer Institute
The U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program is offering a two-week learning program for graduate students interested in developing a holistic understanding of the conceptual challenges around global food security with a focus on cross-disciplinary problem solving of real-world development challenges. For more information, click here.