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Title: Variation of Phenotypic Traits in Twelve Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.) Genotypes and Two F2 Bi-Parental Segregating Populations

Date Published: September 2020
Author/s: Xiuqing Gao, Aliyu Siise Abdullah Bamba, Aloyce Callist Kundy, Kumbirai Ivyne Mateva, Hui Hui Chai, Wai Kuan Ho, Mukhtar Musa, Sean Mayes and Festo Massawe
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Affiliation: Future Food Beacon, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Jalan Broga,
Semenyih 43500, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia; (X.G.); (A.S.A.B.); (A.C.K.); (K.I.M.); (H.H.C.); (W.K.H.); (M.M.)
2 Crops for the Future, Jalan Broga, Semenyih 43500, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia;
3 CSIR-Savannah Agriculture Research Institute, Off Tamale-Tolon Road, Nyankpala,
Tolon District, Tamale P.O. Box TL 52, Ghana
4 Tanzania Agricultural Research Institute (TARI), Naliendele Centre, 10 Newala Road,
Mtwara P.O. Box 509, Tanzania
5 Department of Crop Science, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto P.M.B. 2346, Sokoto State, Nigeria
6 Plant and Crop Sciences, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus,
Leics, Loughborough LE12 5RD, UK
7 Crops for the Future (UK) CIC 76-80 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 7PJ, UK
Keywords: bambara groundnut; Bi-parental populations; plant architectural traits; yield related
traits; plant breeding


Underutilised species such as bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.) have the
potential to contribute significantly to meeting food and nutritional needs worldwide. We evaluated
phenotypic traits in twelve bambara groundnut genotypes from East, West and Southern Africa and
Southeast Asia and two F2 bi-parental segregating populations derived from IITA-686 ×Tiga Nicuru
and S19-3 ×DodR to determine phenotypic trait variation and their potential contribution to the
development of improved crop varieties