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Title: Genetic diversity and population structure of Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.): synopsis of the past two decades of analysis and implications for crop improvement programmes

Date Published: 2016
Author/s: Siise Aliyu . Festo Massawe . Sean Mayes
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Affiliation: CSIR-Savannah Agricultural Research Institute, School of Biosciences, The University of Nottingham,
Sutton Bonington Campus, Loughborough,
Leicestershire LE12 5RD, UK
Keywords: Bambara groundnut Breeding Genetic
diversity Landraces Population structure Vigna subterranea


Knowledge of genetic diversity within
crop species and the nature of their breeding systems
are critical for crop improvement. These determine the
appropriate species specific breeding methodologies
to deploy. Genetic diversity analysis is an ongoing
process in the breeding programmes of ‘major crops’,
which is used to direct or re-direct breeding objectives
(especially selection of parental lines). In this regard,
the importance of such information in ‘underutilised’
or ‘minor’ crop species, which largely exist as
landraces with little information about their genetic
diversity and breeding systems, becomes very important.