Sixteen different talks by scientists from the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and its partners highlighted the high quality science conducted within the program to improve legumes research that will ensure food, nutrition and environment secure dryland areas.

More than 80 food legume researchers across the world attended the one-day Open Forum meeting on Science in Grain Legumes organized by the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes (Grain Legumes) on 6th July 2014 in Saskatoon.

The open forum meeting showcased the integrated and collaborative efforts among the participating CGIAR centers and its regional, national partners in achieving the research outputs.

Of the sixteen different talks, six were presented by regional and national partners, academic collaborators outside the CGIAR center and they include University of California, Riverside; University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; School of Biological Sciences, University of Tasmania; Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI), Bangladesh; Panjab University, Chandigarh; and Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana

Dr Noel Ellis, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes presented an overview on Grain Legumes.

The sessions thematically categorized were chaired by Drs Sachiko Isobe, Head, Applied Plant Genomics, Kasuza DNA Research Institute, Japan; Dave Hoisington, Director – Peanut Mycotoxin Innovation Lab, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Peanut and Mycotoxins; Dr Irvin Widders, Director – Legumes Innovation Lab, Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes and Kadambot Siddique, Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director, UWA Institute of Agriculture, the University of Western Australia.

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