Pigeon pea super food
QUEENSLAND scientists have made a breakthrough they believe will help feed millions of starving people.
A hybrid, using species of the common Australian wild pigeon pea and commercial cultivated plants, has been developed by Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPIF) staff at Biloela in central Queensland.
Pigeon pea is a major food source eaten as a porridge and as a green vegetable in SouthEast Asia, the Caribbean, Africa and India, but most varieties of the crop are very susceptible to pests and diseases, State Primary Industries and Fisheries Minister Tim Mulherin said.
The emerging hybrids ‘could hold the key to developing cultivars that are resistant to pests and diseases’, he said.