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Grain legume breeding and degraded environments

Blog post by Dr Fred Muehlbauer, Professor (retired), USDA-ARS Grain Legume Genetics and Physiology Research Unit, Washington State University Environmental degradation has been a developing problem in crop production and a challenge to plant breeders. With warmer and drier climates, abiotic stresses reduce yields and add to difficulties in breeding varieties adapted to increasingly stressful environments. This challenge brings to mind a discussion I had as a beginning pulse crop breeder. The discussion centered on the statistical fact that yields…

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Enabling African smallholder farmers to benefit from symbiotic nitrogen fixation

Ways and means to increase the biological nitrogen fixation and productivity of grain legumes to contribute in enhancing soil fertility, improve household nutrition, and increase cash income of smallholder farmers in Africa were explored at the inception workshop of N2Africa-Ethiopian Program. The workshop was held on 27-28 February, at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) campus in Ethiopia. N2Africa is a science-based ‘research-in-development’ project focusing on putting nitrogen fixation to work for smallholder farmers growing legume crops in Africa.  Chickpea,…

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