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The Beans and the Peas - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128214503

The Beans and the Peas

1st Edition

From Orphan to Mainstream Crops

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Editors: Aditya Pratap Sanjeev Gupta
Paperback ISBN: 9780128214503
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st December 2020
Page Count: 395
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The Beans and the Peas: From Orphan to Mainstream Crops presents a comprehensive overview of food legume crops previously known as "orphans" that are increasingly becoming mainstream as their production opportunities have been improved through genetic improvement and biotechnology and their role as an important nutrient source gains urgency. Pulse seeds contain from 16 to 50% protein in addition to 15 essential minerals, providing one of the most efficient solutions to protein calorie malnutrition in combination with cereals. Presenting progress in the development of improved varieties, matching production and protection technologies, genetic and genomic resources, and plant metabolism, this book provides valuable information in a single resource.

Key Features

  • Provides a single-volume resource on the latest discoveries regarding beans and peas
  • Written by experts with a focus on providing foundational information for further research and development
  • Includes both theoretical aspects and application based case-studies


Academic research scholars, early and mid-career industry research scientists

Table of Contents

1. Mung bean
2. Urd bean
3. Rice bean
4. Adzuki bean
5. Faba bean
6. Moth bean
7. Common bean
8. Lima bean
9. Scartlet runner bean
10. Tepary bean
11. Bambara bean

Section II
12. Chickpea
13. Fieldpea
14. Pigeonpea
15. Cowpea


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About the Editors

Aditya Pratap

Dr. Aditya Pratap is a Principal Scientist in the Crop Improvement Division, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur. He has worked on genetic improvements of crop plants including Vigna species, wheat, triticale, rapeseed-mustard and chickpea and been associated with the development and release of 13 crop varieties including 8 in green gram, 3 in rapeseed-mustard and one in facultative winter wheat including worlds’ first earliest variety of mungbean, Virat. He has been team lead for several national and international collaborative projects and has been one of the leading partners in “Establishing International Mungbean Improvement Network”. He has >150 publications and has edited 5 books. His research interests include distant hybridization, doubled haploidy breeding, plant tissue culture and molecular breeding. He is the recipient of the prestigious Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship, USA and also the ICAR-Lal Bahadur Shastri Outstanding Young Scientist Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Scientist, Crop Improvement Division, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur, India

Sanjeev Gupta

Dr Sanjeev Gupta is the Project Coordinator, ICAR- All India Coordinated Research Project on MULLaRP Pulse crops (Mungbean, Urdbean, Lentil, Lathyrus, Rajmash and Peas) at Indian Institute of Pulses Research (IIPR), Kanpur. His years of research experience have resulted nearly a dozen high yielding cultivars in grain legumes. He developed world’s earliest maturing mungbean variety‘Virat’. As a national coordinator on pulses he has participated in several national and international projects including as principal Investigator on Molecular marker assisted breeding for MYMIV and powdery mildew resistance , Shuttle Breeding Programme among SAARC Nations and Climate Resilient Agriculture Research. His special interest in molecular breeding led to the mapping and tagging of Yellow mosaic resistant gene in Vigna mungo. He has published extensively in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals and has edited six books on pulses. He is the recipient of several awards for his research and literary contributions.

Affiliations and Expertise

National Project Coordinator, All India Coordinated Research Project on MULLaRP (mungbean, urdbean, lentil, lathyrus, rajmash and fieldpea), ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kalyanpur, Kanpur (India)

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