Press "Enter" to skip to content

UC Riverside Scientists Have Unraveled the Toughest Bean Black-Eyed Peas

UC Riverside scientists have unraveled the genome of black-eyed peas, providing hope for feeding Earth’s expanding population, particularly because of the climate adjustments.

Understanding the genes accountable for the peas’ drought and warmth tolerance finally might help make other crops more durable too.

Black-eyed peas are small beans with dark midsections. They have been a world dietary staple for hundreds of years because of their environmental toughness and distinctive nutritional qualities, resembling excessive protein, and low fats. In sub-Saharan Africa, they continue to be the primary supply of protein within the human food regimen.

A genome is the total assortment of genetic codes that decide traits like color, height, and predisposition to diseases. All genomes include extremely repetitive sequences of DNA that UCR Professor of Computer Science and project co-leader Stefano Lonardi likens to “hundreds of 1000’s of equivalent jigsaw puzzle pieces.”

Lonardi described the method of determining how the jigsaw puzzle sequences match collectively as “computationally difficult.” To take action, Lonardi’s workforce assembled the genome many occasions with totally different software instruments and parameters. Then they created new software able to merging these numerous genome options right into a single, complete picture.

With the success of this venture, the black-eyed pea joins solely a handful of different main crops whose genomes have been sequenced. The staff’s work on the mission was printed within the June situation of The Plant Journal, the place it was featured as the quilt story, and Lonardi’s free software could be downloaded online.