Type: Book

Achieving sustainable cultivation of grain legumes Volume 1 Advances in breeding and cultivation techniques


Dr Shoba Sivasankar is Director of both the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and the Research Program on Dryland Cereals. She is based at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in India.



Publication date:

19 January 2018

Length of book:

400 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786761361



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.

Key features

  • Reviews key developments in understanding crop physiology and genetic diversity and how they have informed advances in breeding new varieties
  • Coverage of advances across the value chain for grain legume cultivation, from variety selection to post-harvest storage
  • Discusses the latest trends in disease, insect pest and weed management

What others are saying...

‘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

Table of contents

Part 1 Plant physiology and breeding
1.Advances in understanding grain legume physiology: stomatal behavior and response to abiotic stress: E. Troyo Diéguez and A. Nieto-Garibay, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, México; J.L. García-Hernández, Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango, México; P. Preciado-Rangel, Instituto Tecnológico de Torreón, México; F. A. Beltrán-Morales and F.H. Ruiz-Espinoza, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, México; and B. Murillo-Amador, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, México;
2.Advances in understanding grain legume physiology: Yinglong Chen, University of Western Australia, Australia;
3.Exploiting the genetic diversity of grain legumes: Paula Bramel, Global Crops Diversity Trust, USA;
4.Advanced breeding techniques for grain legumes: Juan M. Osorno, North Dakota State University, USA;
5.Genetic modification of grain legumes: Pooja Bhatnagar, ICRISAT, India;
6.Developing drought and heat-tolerant varieties of grain legume: Shoba Sivasankar, ICRISAT, India;
7.Developing pest and disease-resistant varieties of grain legume: Diego Rubiales, CSIC, Spain;
8.Bio-fortification of grain legumes: Bodo Raatz, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia;

Part 2 Cultivation
9.Variety selection and seed quality management in grain legume cultivation: Jean Claude Rubyogo, Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Tanzania;
10.Grain legumes in integrated crop management systems: Chris Johansen and Kadambot H.M. Siddique, The University of Western Australia, Australia;
11.Soil and nutrient management in grain legume cultivation: Samuel Adjei-Nsiah, IITA, Ghana;
12.Diseases affecting grain legumes and their management: Keith Thomas, University of Sunderland, UK;
13.Insect pests and integrated pest management techniques in grain legume cultivation: Tolulope A. Agunbiade, Yale University, USA; Weilin Sun, Michael Agyekum and Barry R. Pittendrigh, Michigan State University, USA; Brad S. Coates, Iowa State University, USA; Fousséni Traore, Institut de l’Environnement et de Recherches Agricoles, Burkina Faso; James A. Ojo, Kwara State University, Nigeria; Anne N. Lutomia and Julia Bello Bravo, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA; Saber Miresmailli, Ecoation Innovative Solutions Inc., Canada; Joseph E. Huesing, USAID, USA; Manuele Tamò, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Benin;
14.Weed management in grain legume cultivation: Don W. Morishita, University of Idaho, USA;
15.Grain legume storage in developing nations: Larry Murdock and D. Baributsa, Purdue University, USA;
16.Ensuring sustainable grain legume-cereal cropping systems: Laurent Bedoussac - INRA, France;
17.Drying, handling, storing and quality monitoring of pulses: Digvir Jayas, University of Manitoba, Canada;
18.Assessing the nutritional value of grain legumes: Alan de Brauw, CGIAR Agriculture for Nutrition and Health Program, USA;
19.Dietary health benefits and anti-nutritional factors in grain legumes: Elizabeth Ryan, Colorado State University, USA; Indi Trehan and Mark Manary, Washington University, USA;