The world continues to depend heavily upon a relatively minor range of crops for food, fuel, fibre and industrial use while many potentially good economically acceptable alternatives exist. This book, which is the first in a new series looking at underutilized crops, provides thorough details of those crops which research has suggested may be worthy of further and greater commercial development and exploitation, suggesting potential alternatives to existing widely-exploited crops. "Pulses and Vegetables" considers in detail the potential for the following crops: yam bean, bambara groundnut, celosia, lupins, vegetable jute, opuntia, palm hearts and soyabean leaves. Under the guidance of the International Centre for Underutilized Crops the contents of this book have been drawn together by Professor Williams (based at the Headquarters of the Fund for Agricultural Research) who has wide research experience in the exploitation of new crops.
The contents of this book should be of interest and use to a wide range of people involved in work on the greater exploitation of currently underutilized crops, including upper level students in agricultural, plant and food science, researchers in development agencies and scientists working directly on improvement and exploitation of this group of crops. This book should be of interest to research and professional level agricultural scientists, plant scientists, nutritionists, development agencies, policy makers.
"...an invaluable source of reference for research and agronomy of crops capable of achieving a more prominent role in future cropping systems in warm climates" (Experimental Agriculture)
" ...an essential source of reference to information not available elsewhere in a concise form" (Plant Varieties and Seeds)
"The whole book is easy to read, and provides information on the nutritional and possible medicinal value of these underutilized crops" (Agricultural Science)
Introduction; Bambara groundnut; Yam bean; Lupins; Celosia; Vegetable jute; Opuntia; Palm hearts; Vegetable soyabean; Index.