Achieving Sustainable Cultivation of Grain Legumes Volume 1: Advances in Breeding and Cultivation Techniques

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Achieving Sustainable Cultivation of Grain Legumes Volume 1: Advances in Breeding and Cultivation Techniques Editor: Dr. Shoba Sivasankar Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited Pages: 432 Illustrations and other contents: Colour tables, photos and figures Language: English ISBN: 9781786761361 Categories: , , ,

Grain legumes are characterised by their nutritional value, an ability to grow rapidly and improve soil health by fixing nitrogen. This makes them a key rotation crop in promoting food security amongst smallholders in particular. 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 1 focusses on breeding and cultivation. Part 1 summarises advances in understanding crop physiology and genetic diversity, and how this understanding has informed the development of new varieties. Part 2 reviews improvements in cultivation techniques to make the most of these new varieties, from variety selection and seed quality management, through pest and disease management to storage and quality assessment. 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 as well as government and other agencies responsible for agricultural development. It is accompanied by a companion volume which reviews particular grain legumes.

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Author Biography

Dr Shoba Sivasankar was formerly the Director of both the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and the Research Program on Dryland Cereals. She was based at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India. Dr David Bergvinson is Director-General of ICRISAT. Dr Pooran Gaur is Assistant Director of the Grain Legumes Research Program and Principal Scientist for chickpea breeding at ICRISAT. Dr Shiv Kumar Agrawal is Food Legumes Coordinator within the Biodiversity and Integrated Gene Management Program at the International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) based in Morocco. Dr Steve Beebe is Leader of the Bean Program at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia. Dr Manuele Tamo is an insect ecologist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Benin, with a particular focus on IPM in cereal-legume systems. He has worked with organisation such as AVRDC, ICRISAT and AfriceRice on IPM projects in many countries. Dr Shoba Sivasankar was formerly the Director of both the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and the Research Program on Dryland Cereals. She was based at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India. A seed system and technology transfer specialist. He has led several CIAT/PABRA research areas including participatory variety selection followed by targeted seed systems/reaching end users across 30 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, contributing significantly to the establishment and management of partnership between CIAT, NARS, seed entrepreneurs, farmers organizations and development partners (see http://www.pabra-africa.org). Through this extensive partnership, PABRA was able to reach about 19.5 million households (whose 58% were women) with quality seeds of improved bean varieties between 2003-2013. Jean Claude graduated from University of East Africa Baraton in Kenya. He holds a Masters degree in Crop Improvement from University of Nottingham (UK). Dr Manuele Tamo is an insect ecologist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Benin, with a particular focus on IPM in cereal-legume systems. He has worked with organisation such as AVRDC, ICRISAT and AfriceRice on IPM projects in many countries.