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Grain Legumes : Evolution and Genetic Resources - J. Smartt

Grain Legumes

Evolution and Genetic Resources

By: J. Smartt

Hardcover Published: 27th April 1990
ISBN: 9780521307970
Number Of Pages: 392

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A wide-ranging survey of all the major grain legumes from their evolution to their potential for further development and improvement as economically important food crops. The book covers the changes that have occurred in the course of plant domestication leading to our present pulse crops and oilseed legume crops. The author also discusses the benefits to be gained from evaluation and improvement of grain legume genetic resources. This is a suitable book for advanced undergraduate courses in plant breeding and postgraduate courses in genetic resource conservation, collection and management.

"Smartt does an excellent job of pulling together the available knowledge on grain legumes and realistically outlines future research objectives and potentials for these plants. This book will serve a useful purpose as a reference for all interested in grain legumes and crop domestication." Daniel Harder, Biochemical Systematics and Ecology "...I highly recommend this monograph on grain legume genetic resources and evolution both as a reference and as a textbook for upper class undergraduates and graduate classes in genetic resources conservation and crop evolution." Paul Gepts, Economic Botany

Preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction: biosystematics of the legumes
The role of grain legumes in the human economy
The groundnut, Arachis hypogaea L.
The New World pulses: Phaseolus species
The Old World pulses: Vigna species
Pulses of the classical world
The other legume oilseeds
The pigeonpea (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.)
Minor grain legumes
Germplasm resources and the future
References
Postscript
Supplementary references
Author index
General index
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ISBN: 9780521307970
ISBN-10: 052130797X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 392
Published: 27th April 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.74