Open Forum: Science in Grain Legumes

The CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes is organizing a one day Open Forum on Science in Grain Legumes on 6th July 2014. This is an independent meeting organized alongside the IFLRC VI and ICLGG VII meetings in Saskatoon in Canada. Open Forum on Science in Grain Legumes The Open Forum on Science in Grain Legumes is a one day open meeting organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes that aims to promote and highlight the best science…

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Research Management Committee of CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes maps out future activities

Members of the Research Management Committee of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes met for the first time at the ICRISAT headquarters on 4-5 December to map out activities for 2014-15 and for phase II of the program. While putting together the ideas and work plan for the next phase, the members took stock of the progress and the gaps. The committee also brainstormed on the budget, gender strategy, monitoring and evaluation plans, and communication outreach plans that the…

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International Food Legumes Research Conference and the International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics

The University of Saskatchewan hosts the sixth International Food Legumes Research Conference and the seventh International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics in July 2014 in Saskatoon, Canada. Leading legume scientists across the world will be participating. The thematic topics for discussion include legume genomics, molecular breeding, human nutrition, agronomy. The registration for the conference is open.  Click to visit the conference site for more details  

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Interview with Noel Ellis, Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes

Dr Noel Ellis, British national, joined ICRISAT as Director of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes on July 15, 2013. A legume crop genetics specialist, the main focus of his research in recent years has been on the evolution and diversification of legumes at genomic and phenotype levels. He coordinated the multi-country European Union FP6 “Grain Legumes” research project. 1. The CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes (also known by its operating name, Grain Legumes) is an ambitious multi-country…

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Gene Pool Gems

When plant breeders seek new genetic traits to improve food crops, the search often leads them into uncharted waters – the genetically-remote pools of diversity of related wild species. Combing the depths of these unexplored gene pools is not easy or quick, but can result in game-changing discoveries. The latest ‘What ICRISAT Thinks‘ blog post describes how Gene Pool Gems are improving three of the most important grain legume crops of the poor: groundnut (peanut), pigeonpea and chickpea.

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Cowpea, Groundnut Intensifying in Mali

The first 2013 issue of the Tropical Legumes Bulletin describes trends and outlook for the two main grain legume crops grown in Mali. Cowpea, an indigenous drought-hardy grain legume grown for both food and livestock fodder, is gaining the added dimension of a cash crop due to strong demand from a growing population. Gearing up seed systems to meet the need for improved varieties is a challenge – but even more so for Mali’s groundnut crop. The Tropical Legumes Bulletin…

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CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes Launched

A major new global program to improve grain legumes, which enrich the diets of hundreds of millions of poor people in the developing world, was launched on Feb. 6, 2013. Known by the official name of ‘CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes’, this new program will breed more productive varieties of groundnut (peanut), chickpea, cowpea, common bean, pigeonpea, lentil, faba bean and soybean under stress-prone smallholder farming conditions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. This initiative is one of sixteen…

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Ghana cowpea climbing

Cowpea Climbing in Ghana

The area sown to cowpea is expanding at a faster rate in Ghana than anywhere else on the continent, according to scientists in the Tropical Legumes II project. To meet rapid demand growth, they believe that new technologies can increase yields by 50%. http://www.icrisat.org/tropicallegumesII/pdfs/BTL16-20122712.pdf  

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