Onuminya, Temitope , Ogundipe, Oluwatoyin , Osundinakin, Michael .
Genetic Conservation of Neglected and Underutilized Leafy Vegetables in South-West Nigeria.
Indigenous leaf vegetables and fruits play a key role in income generation and subsistence, they generate high economic returns per unit input be it land, water or labor. Despite these values, these vegetables have been neglected for many years by researchers, policy makers and funding agencies and they are currently threatened with extinction. This project therefore aims at securing the genetic resources base of the neglected and underutilized leafy vegetables in south-west Nigeria. Local communities in the south-west region of Nigeria were explored for sample collection representing eco-geographical distribution within the target area. Samples were identified using manuals and flora and further authentication was done at the University of Lagos Herbarium. Total Genomic DNA will be isolated from all collected samples following the CTAB procedure with minor modifications. A total of 23 leafy vegetables were collected, of these 18 species are indigenous to the study area while 5 species are indigenous to the south-south region of Nigeria. The most abundant were members of the family Amaranthaceae. Voucher specimen of collected samples was deposited at the University of Lagos Herbarium, Lagos, geospatial referenced distribution data were recorded for all samples and photographs taken. Extraction process yielded quality DNA samples which have been deposited in the DNA Bank at the University of Lagos. This study can be seen as a basis upon which further research on the plants can be based. This research is funded by University of Lagos Central Research Committee (CRC/2014/09).
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1 - University of Lagos, Department of Botany, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos, Lagos, 23401, Nigeria
Presentation Type: Oral Paper
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