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Grain Legumes: championing pulses research through 2016, the International Year of Pulses

Pulse crops play significant roles both in human diets and agriculture, and contribute to sustainable farming. However, their full potential was less understood and highlighted until recently. To promote the unique quality of pulses the year 2016 was declared as the International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. IYP 2016 was meant to create opportunities and encourage all stakeholders, including national governments to work towards improving pulses’ production and consumption.

Over a hundred events were organized globally by international governments, the UN and scientists to celebrate the IYP. The official launch of the International Year of Pulses took place on 10 November 2015 at the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) headquartered in Rome.

The CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes (Grain Legumes) played a significant advocacy role in accelerating transformative research on pulse crops that would allow them to deliver on their full potential as a critical player in the global food system. Grain Legumes supported an array of activities all through 2016 to strengthen research on pulses.
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Pulse crops play significant roles both in human diets and agriculture, and contribute to sustainable farming. However, their full potential was less understood and highlighted until recently. To promote the unique quality of pulses the year 2016 was declared as the International Year of Pulses (IYP) by the United Nations (UN) General Assembly. IYP 2016 was meant to create opportunities and encourage all stakeholders, including national governments to work towards improving pulses’ production and consumption. Over a hundred events were…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: January 19, 2017, 2:30 am
Visit the Global Pulses Day Album for more photographs Celebrating the Global Pulse Day 2017, Grain Legumes through ICRISAT Cafeteria served about 1000 pulse-based meals. A range of dishes from Indian and continental cuisines was the menu at the ICRISAT Cafeteria today. The platter included pigeonpea dosa (pancake), mix lentil salad, kidney bean pasta soup, chickpea hummus, cowpea masala, sprouts pilaf and beans chocolate tart. The celebration not only aimed at creating awareness on pulses and their importance to the…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: January 19, 2017, 2:28 am
This blog post was first published on ICRISAT Agri-buzz Blog post by Dr R Padmaja, Senior Scientist – Gender Research Markets, Institutions, Nutrition & Diversity Innovation Systems for the Drylands Program, ICRISAT. Pulses continue to be a major source of protein in Indian diets and play a vital role in sustaining agricultural growth. Increasing pulse production is therefore important for improving food availability, soil health, diet quality and nutrition security. Today is Global Pulse Day. And a study by ICRISAT…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: January 18, 2017, 8:56 am
Recognizing the critical role of pulses in achieving food and nutrition security, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (IYP). IYP 2016 was meant to create opportunities and encourage all stakeholders, including national governments to work towards improving pulses’ productivity and production. More importantly, the focus was on enhancing investments in R4D and extension services to do so. Riding on the momentum of the International Year of Pulses, January 18 of every year is…
Author: Satish Nagaraji
Posted: January 16, 2017, 9:29 am
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Alekhya, G and Gopalakrishnan, S (2016) Exploiting plant growth-promoting Amycolatopsis sp. in chickpea and sorghum for improving growth and yield. Journal of Food Legumes, 29 (3&4). pp. 225-231. ISSN 0970-6380
Posted: May 24, 2017, 3:26 am
Pushpavalli, R and Quealy, J and Colmer, T D and Turner, N C and Siddique, K H M and Rao, M V and Vadez, V (2016) Salt Stress Delayed Flowering and Reduced Reproductive Success of Chickpea (Cicer arietinumL.), A Response Associated with Na+Accumulation in Leaves. Journal of Agronomy and Crop Science, 202 (2). pp. 125-138. ISSN 0931-2250
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Thudi, M and Chitikineni, A and Liu, X and He, W and Roorkiwal, M and Yang, W and Jian, J and Doddamani, D and Gaur, P M and Rathore, A and Samineni, S and Saxena, R K and Xu, D and Singh, N P and Chaturvedi, S K and Zhang, G and Wang, J and Datta, S K and Xu, X and Varshney, R K (2016) Recent breeding programs enhanced genetic diversity in both desi and kabuli varieties of chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.). Scientific Reports, 6 (38636). pp. 1-10. ISSN 2045-2322
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Saxena, R K and Thudi, M and Varshney, R K (2016) Genomics, trait mapping and molecular breeding in pigeonpea and chickpea. Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding, 76 (4). pp. 504-511. ISSN 0019-5200
Posted: May 8, 2017, 8:23 am
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