Modelling landrace structure in under-utilised crops: the bambara groundnut example

LR Band, SP Preston, S White & M Tindall

Bambara groundnut is an under-utilised legume crop species which is grown primarily by subsistence farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. Bambara groundnut is tolerant to drought, reasonably free of diseases and pests, and adapted to poor soils; however, despite these advantageous traits, bambara groundnut is not widely grown, and its limited use is thought to be due to low and unpredictable yields, lengthy cooking and processing times, and the cultural perception that bambara groundnut is a “woman’s crop”. Improving the yields and perception of under-utilised crops, such as bambara groundnut, could greatly improve future food security in semi-arid environments.

Proceedings of the 2nd Mathematics in the Plant Sciences Study Group