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2003 Research Updates

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Cuphea Herbicide Trials

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Bee Pollination

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Cuphea Experiments

New oilseed crop for western Illinois

One goal of the Alternative Crops Research Program at Western Illinois University is to commercialize Cuphea production in the McDonough County area of Illinois.  WIU researchers are collaborating with investigators from Oregon State University, USDA-ARS, and the University of Georgia to adapt Cuphea’s unique traits for agronomic cultivation.  The first field trials occurred at WIU in the summer of 2001 with continuing experiments to evaluate stand establishment, weed control, planting date, and inter-specific hybridization.

Traits

Cuphea  is a small seeded crop with high levels of lauric acid that is used in the detergent industry.  Cuphea is an annual plant which is naturally indeterminate, shattering, and sticky.  Crosses between Cuphea viscosissima  and Cuphea lanceolata  show the most commercial and agronomic interest.

Prior and Continuing Research Projects

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Spring 2001 Evaluation Trials

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Cuphea Breeding Program

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2002 Cuphea Herbicide Trials

Cuphea Articles

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Crazy Cuphea by Annette Logan

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Breakthroughs Towards the Domestication of Cuphea by Steven J. Knapp

Collaborators

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Terry Isbell - New Crops and Processing Research Division, NCAUR

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North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station, USDA-ARS

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Steven Knapp - Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, University of Georgia

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Wayne Parrott - Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, University of Georgia

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Russ Gesch - North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab, USDA-ARS

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Andrew Hebard - Technology Crops International

Selected References

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Last revised: March 10, 2009