Publication date:

18 January 2018

Length of book:

398 pages


Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing



ISBN-13: 9781786761408

Grain legumes are characterised by their nutritional value, an ability to grow rapidly and improve soil health. This makes them a key rotation crop in promoting food security. However, yields are constrained by factors such as pests and diseases as well as vulnerability to poor soils, drought and other effects of climate change.

This collection reviews the wealth of research addressing these challenges. Volume 2 assesses key research on particular types of grain legume with chapters on developing improved varieties as well as improvements in cultivation techniques. The book covers common beans, lentils, soybeans, groundnuts, cowpea, faba beans and pigeonpea.

With its distinguished editorial team and international range of expert authors, this will be a standard reference for the grain legume research community and farmers of these important crops. It is accompanied by a companion volume which reviews general advances in breeding and cultivation techniques.

Key features

  • Detailed coverage of particular grain legumes
  • Chapters on each key aspect of grain legume cultivation: improved varieties and advances in cultivation techniques
  • International range of authors with specific expertise in each grain legume

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“This reference will greatly improve the visibility of, and access to knowledge about, crops that play such a critical role in sustainable cropping systems, nutrition and income, yet which often remain under the radar of governments and policy makers and which do not always receive the investment they deserve.” Jeff Ehlers, Program Officer in Agricultural Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation