Publications by Team Members under Crops For the Future (CFF).

Publications by Theme 1 and 2 under Crops For the Future (CFF).

  1. Redjeki, E., Ho, W.K, Shah, N., Molosiwa, O., Ardiarni, R., Kuswanto, A.S. and Mayes, S. (2020). Understanding the genetic relationships of Indonesian bambara groundnut cultivars and investigating their origins. Genome, e-First Article : pp. 1-9. DOI: 10.1139/gen-2019-0137. link
  2. Feldman A., Ho W.K., Massawe F., Mayes S. (2019) Bambara Groundnut is a Climate-Resilient Crop: How Could a Drought-Tolerant and Nutritious Legume Improve Community Resilience in the Face of Climate Change? In: Sarkar A., Sensarma S., vanLoon G. (eds). Sustainable Solutions for Food Security. Springer, Cham. pp 151-167. link
  3. Halimi, R.A., Barkla, B.J., Andres, L., Mayes, S., King, G.J. (2019). Bridging the Food Security Gap: an information-led approach to connect dietary nutrition, food composition and crop production. Journal of Food Science and Agriculture, 100 (4) :1495-1504. link
  4. Mayes S., Ho W.K., Chai, H.H., Gao X., Kundy A.C., Mateva K.I., Zahrulakmal M, Hahiree M.K.I.M, Kendabie P., Licea L.C.S, Massawe F., Mabhaudhi T., Modi A., Berchie J.N., Amoah S.N., Faloye B., Olaniyi O., Abberton M., Azam-Ali, S.N. (2019). Bambara groundnut – an exemplar underutilised legume for resilience under climate change. Planta. DOI: 10.1007/
  5. Mayes, S. Ho, W.K., Chai, H.H, Song, B., Chang. Y. and Massawe, F. (2019). Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L) Verdc)—A Climate Smart Crop for Food and Nutrition Security. Genomic Designing of Climate-Smart Pulse Crops, pp.397-424.DOI: 10.1007/
  6. Chang, Y., Liu, H., Liu, M., Liao, X., Sahu, S.K., Fu, Y., Song, B., Kariba, R., Muthemba, S., Hendre, P.S., Mayes, S., Ho, W.K., Kendabie, P., Wang, S., Li, L., Muchugi, A., Jamnadass, R., Lu, H., Peng, S., Van Deynze, A., Simons, A., Yana-Shapiro, H., Xu, H., Yang, H., Wang, J., Liu, X. (2018). The draft genome of five unimproved tropical plants, GigaScience,  8 (3):1–16. DOI: 10.1093/gigascience/giy152 link
  7. King, G., Barkla, B., Mayes, S. and Azman Halimi, R. (2018). The potential of the underutilized pulse bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.) for nutritional food security. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 77:47-59 . link
  8. Olayide, O.E., Donkoh, S.A., Ansah, I.G.K., Adzawla, W., O’Reilly P.J., Mayes. S., Feldman, A., Halimi, R.A., Nyarko, G., Ilori, C.O. and Alabi, T. (2018) Assessing Socioeconomic Factors Influencing Production and Commercialization of Bambara Groundnut as an Indigenous Climate Resilient Crop in Nigeria. In: Leal Filho W. (eds) Handbook of Climate Change Resilience. Springer, Cham. pp 1-19
  9. Burgess, A.J., Retkute, R., Pound, M.P., Mayes, S., Murchie, E.H. (2017). Image-based 3D canopy reconstruction to determine potential productivity in complex multi-species crop systems. Annals of Botany,119 (4) 517-532 ; DOI :10.1093/aob/
  10. Chai, H.H, Ho, W.K, Graham, N., May, S., Massawe, F, Mayes, S. (2017). A cross-species gene expression marker-based genetic map and QTL analysis in bambara groundnut. Genes 8 (84); doi:10.3390/genes8020084. link
  11. Ho, W.K., Chai, H.H., Kendabie, P., Ahmad, N.S., Jani, J., Massawe, F., Kilian A., Mayes, S. (2017). Integrating genetic maps in bambara groundnut [Vigna subterranea (L) Verdc.] and their syntenic relationships among closely related legumes. BMC Genomics, 18:192;DOI 10.1186/s12864-016-3393-8link
  12. Khan, F.; Chai, H.H., Ajmera I.,  Hodgman C., Mayes, S., Lu, C. (2017). Transcriptomic comparison of two Bambara groundnut landraces under dehydration stress.Genes , 8(4) :121; doi:10.3390/
  13. Adzawla, W., Donkoh, S.A.,  Nyarko, G., O’Reilly, P.J., Olayide, O., Mayes, S., Feldman, A.B and Azman Halimi, R. (2016). Adoption of Bambara groundnut production and its effects on farmers’ welfare in Northern Ghana. African Journal of Agricultural Research, 11(7) pp 583 – 594 DOI: 10.5897/AJAR2015.10568. link
  14. Adzawla, W., Donkoh, S.A., Nyarko, G., O’Reilly, P.,Mayes, S. (2016).  Use patterns and perceptions about the attributes of Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.) in Northern Ghana. Ghana Journal of Science, Technology and Development, 4 (2). 56-71. link
  15. Ahmad, N.S. Sri Redjeki, E., Ho, W.K., Aliyu, S., Mayes, K., Massawe, F., Kilian, A. and Mayes,S. (2016) Construction of a genetic linkage map and QTL analysis in bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L) Verdc.). Genome, 59(7): 459-472. doi: 10.1139/
  16. Aliyu, S., Massawe, F. and Mayes, S. (2016). 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. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 63: 925. DOI 10.1007/s10722-016-0406-z link 
  17. Bonthala, V.S., Mayes, K., Moreton, J., Blythe, M., Wright, V., May, S., Massawe, F., Mayes, S. and Twycross, J (2016). Identification of gene modules associated with low temperatures response in bambara groundnut by network-based analysis.  PLoS One, 11(2): e0148771. link
  18. Ho, W.K., Muchugi, A., Muthemba, S., Kariba, R., Mavenkeni, B.O. Hendre,P., Song, B., Deynze, A.V., Massawe, F. and Mayes, S. (2016). Use of microsatellite markers for the assessment of bambara groundnut breeding system and varietal purity for genome sequencing.  Genome 59 (6), 427-431. doi: 10.1139/gen-2016-0029 link
  19. Khan, F., Azman, R., Chai, H.H., Mayes, S., Lu, C. (2016) Genomic and transcriptomic approaches towards the genetic improvement of an underutilised crops: The case of Bambara groundnut. African Crop Science Journal, 24 (4): 429 – 458. link
  20. Mohammed, I.Y , Abakr, Y.A  ,Musa, M, Yusup, S., Singh, A., Kazi, F.K. (2016). Valorization of Bambara groundnut shell via intermediate pyrolysis: Products distribution and characterization. Journal of Cleaner Production, 139: 717-728. link
  21. Musa, M., Al-Shareef, I., Mayes, S., Massawe, F. and Singh, A. (2016). Nitrogen Fixation and N-balance Studies on Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranea L. Verdc) Landraces Grown on Tropical Acidic Soils of Malaysia. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis, 47(4): 533-542.  link
  22. Aliyu, S., Massawe. F.J. and Mayes, S. (2015) Beyond landraces: Developing improved germplasm resources for underutilized species – a case for Bambara groundnut. Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews, 30 (2) : 127-141 link
  23. Chai, H.H., Massawe, F. and Mayes, S. (2015). Effects of mild drought  stress on the morpho-physiological characteristics of a Bambara groundnut segregating population, Euphytica. 208 (2): 225–236. link
  24. Molosiwa, O., Aliyu, S., Stadler, F., Mayes, K. Massawe, F., Kilian, A. and Mayes, S. (2015). SSR marker development, genetic diversity and population structure analysis of Bambara groundnut [Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.] landraces, Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 62: 1225–1243. DOI 10.1007/
  25. Muhammad, Y.Y., Mayes, S. and Massawe F. (2015) Effects of short term water deficit stress on physiological characteristics of bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L) Verdc.). South African Journal of Plant and Soil 33 (1):51-58. link
  26. Olukolu, B.A., Mayes, S., Stadler, F., Ng, N.Q., Fawole, I., Dominique, D., and Azam-Ali, S.N., (2012) “Genetic diversity in Bambara groundnut (Vigna subterranae (L.) Verdc.) as revealed by phenotypic descriptors and DArT markers analysis”. Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 59(3):347-358. DOI 10.1007/s10722-011-9686-5. link

AgriGIS Workshop & Think-Tank meetings in Nairobi

Presentation during the AgriGIS Workshop & Think-Tank meetings

Presentation during the AgriGIS Workshop & Think-Tank meetings

Dr Sean Mayes was involved in organising the AgriGIS Workshop & Think-Tank meetings in Nairobi jointly organized by the University of Nottingham, the Regional Centre for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD), the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) and Crops for the Future (CFF) and funded by a BBSRC GCDF IAA grant on 27-28 October 2016.

The event was a good platform for knowledge sharing and development of strategic proposals between stakeholder in agricultural research organizations in Africa on improving the use of free and open geospatial software, open data and open educational resources. The main goal was to expand Capacity Building and Training in AgriGIS to support Global Food Security initiatives, with the GRASP initiative as an example for a genotype-anchored geospatial database for germplasm of multiple species.

The Think-Tank discussion covered the following themes:

i.      Big challenges for agriculture in the African context.
ii.     Tools (known & wish list) used for agriculture using satellite/remote data collection.
iii.    Existing or potential data sets needed.
iv.    Practical, technical, policy, implementation obstacles that exist application of geotechnologies for agriculture
v.     Data and Modelling

Center for Agricultural Networking and Information Sharing (CANIS), Kenya has volunteered to become a focal point between other stakeholders on Open GIS and open data and keep building the ideas behind the Think-Tank. Kiringai can be contacted at for expanding AgriGIS momentum in Kenya.

Slides of presentations during the AgriGIS Workshop & Think-Tank meetings can be obtained at:

Below are the important links to access the open source materials related to the AgriGIS Workshop & Think-Tank meetings.

1. Free online materials produced by GeoForAll colleagues at GeoAcademy. Their FOSS4G Academy Curriculum
with comprehensive QGIS tutorials are at

2. Free and Open Source GIS, download QGIS from (there is also a lot of documentation for learning at )

3. Contents and quick start guides for the 50+ tools available from desktop GIS to web mapping to mobile
apps at

4. OSGeo-Live is a self-contained bootable DVD, USB thumb drive or Virtual Machine, that allows you to try a
wide variety of open source geospatial software without installing anything. It is composed entirely of
free software, allowing it to be freely distributed, duplicated and passed around. Details at

5. Quick start presentation to give
an overview.

6. Join GeoForAll mailing list for any queries on open sourceGIS at

7. For freely available training materials visit

8. Blogposts from participants of the workshop such as the one at GEOSYMP

Socioeconomic of bambara groundnut: Generating baseline information on bambara groundnut utilisation and consumption in Africa.

  1. Use Patterns and Perceptions About the Attributes of Bambara Groundnut in Northern Ghana
  2. Adoption of Bambara Groundnut Production and its Effects on Farmers’ Welfare in Northern Ghana
  3. Technical Efficiency in Bambara Groundnut Production in Northern Ghana

Publications by Prof. Dr. Satriyas Ilyas’s Team

 Research Papers 

    1. Manggung, R.E.R, Abdul Qadir,  Ilyas, S. (2016). Phenology, Morphology and Yield of Four Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.) Accessions. J. Agron. Indonesia 44 (1) : 47 – 54link /photo
    2. Sophia Fitriesa, Ilyas, S.,and Abdul Qadir (2016). Invigoration and Reduction of N Fertilizer in Improving Plant Growth, Yield, and Quality of Bambara Groundnut Seed. J. Agron. Indonesia 44 (2) : 190 – 196. link/photo
    3. Ilyas, S., Asie, K.V., Sutariati, G.A.K. and Sudarsono (2015 ). Biomatriconditioning or biopriming with biofungicides or biological agents applied on hot pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) seeds reduced seedborne Colletotrichum capsici and increased seed quality and yield. Acta Hortic. 1105. ISHS 2015. link
    4. Ilyas, S. and Sopian,O. (2013)  Effect of Seed Maturity and Invigoration on Seed Viability and Vigor, Plant Growth, and Yield of Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdcourt). Acta Hort. 979, ISHS 2013. link
    5. Ilyas, S. (2006). Review : Seed Treatments Using Matriconditioning to Improve Vegetable Seed Quality. Bul. Agron. (34) (2) 124 – 132. link
    6. Khan, A. A., Maguire, J.D., Abawi G. S. and  Ilyas, S. (1992). Matriconditioning of Vegetable Seeds to Improve Stand Establishment in Early Field Plantings. J. AMER. Soc. HORT. SCI. 117(1):4147. link


  1. Widya Kusumawati and  Ilyas, S. (2015).  Effect of Testa Color and Invigoration Treatment on Seed Viability, Vigor, and Vegetative Plant Growth of Bambara Groundnut (Vigna subterranea (L.) Verdc.). 5th KU-UT Student Symposium, Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand, 27th February 2015. link