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The Biology of Legumes and Their Agronomic, Economic, and Social Impact

Marta W. Vasconcelos; Michael A. Grusak; Elisabete Pinto; Agostinho Gomes; Helena Ferreira; Bálint Balázs; Tiziana Centofanti; Georgia Ntatsi; Dimitrios Savvas; Anestis Karkanis; ...
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  • Published: 01 Jul 2020
Abstract
Intensive agriculture and meat-based westernized diets have brought a heavy environmental burden to the planet. Legumes, or pulses, are members of the large Fabaceae (Leguminosae) family, which comprise about 5% of all plant species. They are ancient crops whose popularity both for farmers and consumers has gone through several stages of acceptance, and in recent years, legumes have regained their luster. This is due to a global understanding that: (1) farming systems need to promote biodiversity, (2) biological nitrogen fixation is an important tool to reduce the application of external chemical inputs, namely in the form of nitrogen fertil- izers, and that (3)...
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free text keywords: Biodiversity, Biological nitrogen fixation, Nutrition and health, Pulses, Sustainability, Agroforestry, Animal source foods, Biodiversity, Intensive farming, Diversification (marketing strategy), Sustainability, Food security, Climate change, Agriculture, business.industry, business
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Transition paths to sustainable legume based systems in Europe
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 727973
  • Funding stream: H2020 | RIA
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