This is one of 280 summaries describing key outputs from the projects
run by DFID's 10-year Renewable Natural Resources Research Strategy
Principally based on Projects R8481, R8205 and R7452. Research has
overcome a long-standing barrier to improved pigeonpea production by
identifying the cause of the pigeonpea sterility mosaic virus (SMD).
This has permitted the development of diagnostic tools and improved
methods of screening for resistance, as well as integrated technologies
to combat this and two other major pigeonpea problems: fusarium wilt and
pod borer. Over 600 resource-poor farming families who grow pigeonpea in
India now have high-yielding, disease-resistant varieties, integrated
control components, village-level seed systems, special machines to help
them in hulling, and bio-pesticides to safeguard their harvests.
Pigeonpea is the principal dietary protein source for an estimated 1.1
The CD has the following information for this output: Description,
Validation, Current Situation, Current Promotion, Impacts On Poverty,
Environmental Impact. Attached PDF (13 pp.) taken from the CD.
CPP17, New technologies, new processes, new policies: tried-and-tested and ready-to-use results from DFID-funded research, Research Into Use Programme, Aylesford, Kent, UK, ISBN 978-0-9552595-6-2, p 21.