University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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Wilt-resistant black-eyed pea variety from UCCE now industry standard

Fusarium wilt in sugar peas

In the 1980s, the California black-eyed pea industry was in jeopardy. More and more plants were being hit by Fusarium wilt, a disease that leads to premature yellowing and aging. In response, a team of UCCE farm advisors and UC plant breeders worked with growers to develop CB 46, a black-eyed pea variety that is resistant to the disease. The new variety grew so well that it became the standard for the black-eyed pea industry, and still is today, 25 years later.

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