Pi­geon pea su­per food

Townsville Bulletin - - Just Briefly -

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.

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