Current Research Activities
PhD projects based in Malaysia and UK (University of Nottingham UK- CFFRC- University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus) under CFFRC UNMC DTP studentship programme:
Assessing the N2 fixation of bambara groundnut genotypes at various P levels and liming treatments on tropical acidic soils. Student: Mukhtar Musa |Project writeup| Supervisors: Dr Ajit Singh (University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus; UNMC), Dr Debbie Sparkes (University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, UK; SB), Dr Ibraheem Al-Shareef (CFFRC), Prof Felix Dakora (Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa)
Metabolic and physiological traits associated with Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc) adaptation in contrasting environmental conditions. Student: Philip Cleasby |Project writeup|Supervisors: Festo Massawe (UNMC), Sean Mayes (UNMC/SB), Sayed Azam-Ali (CFFRC), David Ndzi (UniMAP)
Mining the gene networks in water stress response in bambara groundnut: a machine learning approach to translating traits in model species to minor crops. Student: Venkata Suresh |Project writeup| Supervisors: DrJamie Twycross (University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus; UK; JC), Festo Massawe (UNMC), Sean Mayes (UNMC/SB/CFFRC)
Developing new breeding approaches and genetic analysis in bambara groundnut – linkage and association analysis in MAGIC populations. Student: Siise Aliyu |Project writeup| Supervisors: Sean Mayes (UNMC/SB), Festo Massawe (UNMC), Ibraheem Al-Shareef (CFFRC), Erik Murchie (SB)
Combining Affymetrix, RNAseq and physical genome data – a multidimensional approach to transfer data from major crops to minor crops for Global Food Security. Student: Faraz Khan |Project writeup| Supervisors: Chungui Lu (SB), Sean Mayes (UNMC/SB), Festo Massawe (UNMC)
Mathematical Modelling of canopy development. Student: Josie Dodd |Project writeup| Supervisors: Marcus Tindall (Reading University), Sean Mayes (UNMC/SB), Asha Karunaratne (CFFRC), Debbie Sparkes (SB), Erik Murchie (SB)
Fertility in Bambara Groundnut: Identifying the factors that limit fertility in Bambara groundnut, with particular focus on the effect of environment on pod set. Student: Bhavya Dhanaraj |Project writeup| Supervisors: Zoe Wilson (SB), Sean Mayes (UNMC/SB), Festo Massawe (UNMC)
How does geography affect or reflect genetic variation in bambara groundnut Student: Roberto Santos |Project writeup| Supervisors: Jeremy Morley (JC), Sean Mayes (UNMC/SB), Festo Massawe (UNMC)
Research Activities in Indonesia (Universitas Muhammadiyah Gresik, Java)
Socioeconomic impact of bambara groundnut production using a co-operative model in Indonesia
Research Activities in African countries
Baseline farmer and market survey of bambara groundnut in Ghana. MPhil student registered at University of Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana.
Supervisors: George Nyarko (UDS), Patrick O’Reilly (CFFRC), Sean Mayes (CFFRC)
Baseline farmer and market survey of bambara groundnut in Nigeria. MPhil student registered at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Supervisors: Olawale Emmanuel Olayide (UoI), Patrick O’Reilly (CFFRC), Sean Mayes (CFFRC)
3rd International Bambara groundnut Workshop
On September 24nd 2013, the 3rd International Bambara groundnut Workshop was held in Accra, Ghana. The half day workshop was co-organised by Crops for the Future Research Centre (CFFRC) and Crops Research Institute (CRI- CSIR) Ghana. This was an open event, intended for all parties interested in bambara groundnut and underutilised legumes in general to come together to discuss potential collaborations and identify research gaps. This event was a pre- side event to the 3rd Neglected Underutilised Species Conference 2013 (NUS2013) which was held in Accra, Ghana from September 23rd to 25th
Please proceed to our News and Publication page for a comprehensive report discussion notes and images from the workshop
This workshop was a follow up from the 2nd International Bambara groundnut workshop that was held in Kuala Lumpur from 9th – 14th December 2012. Details and reports from that workshop can be accessed here.