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October 12th, 2018 / John Innes Centra

Grass pea, the crop with the curse, is set for a major change in reputation thousands of years after it was first cultivated.

The transformation becomes a possibility after researchers at John Innes Centre, along with colleagues in Ethiopia and Kenya, were awarded £1.2m from BBSRC under the Global Challenges Research Fund.

The project, Unlocking the Potential of Grass pea for Resilient Agriculture in Drought-prone Environments (UPGRADE) marks an intriguing turning point in the chequered history of the ancient crop.

Here, Professor Cathie Martin and postdoctoral fellow Peter Emmrich, currently based in Nairobi, talk about the collaboration. Read more