NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Armed with a $500,000 National Institutes of Health grant, Texas A&M researchers are mapping the genes that control heat tolerance in cowpeas, the university said today.

The project aims to develop SNP markers to allow for the efficient manipulation of heat and drought tolerance in cowpeas and related species. The researchers will use DNA sequencing technology to map and ultimately clone genes in cowpeas, also called black-eyed peas.

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