Capturing unique legume ability to fix nitrogen

Grain legumes are often cultivated on marginal, less-productive soils. Generally, such conditions cause an estimated 9-30% of total yield losses. The ability of grain legumes to fix nitrogen in soils not only benefits legume crops but also, to varying degrees, the performance of all crops within farming systems. Increasing the ability to fix nitrogen reduces needs for chemical fertilizer, thereby lowering costs of production and associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Grain Legumes

Grain Legumes is a partnership among four CGIAR Research Institutes: ICRISAT as lead center, CIAT, ICARDA and IITA, along with several public and private institutes and organizations, governments, and farmers worldwide.

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