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Common Bean Improvement in the Twenty-First Century

  • Shree P. Singh

Part of the Developments in Plant Breeding book series (DIPB, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Shree P. Singh
    Pages 1-24
  3. James D. Kelly, Phillip N. Miklas
    Pages 93-123
  4. Hans-Jörg Jacobsen
    Pages 125-132
  5. Shree P. Singh
    Pages 133-165
  6. Albert Vandenberg, Thandiwe Nleya
    Pages 167-183
  7. James D. Kelly, Kristin A. Schneider, Judith M. Kolkman
    Pages 185-222
  8. Mark A. Brick, Kenneth F. Grafton
    Pages 223-253
  9. James R. Myers, James R. Baggett
    Pages 289-329
  10. Michael Thung, Idupulapati M. Rao
    Pages 331-370
  11. Howard F. Schwartz, Frank B. Peairs
    Pages 371-388
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 389-405

About this book

Introduction

The common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L. ) is the most important pulse crop in the world. It is an important source of calories, proteins, dietary fibers, minerals, and vitamins for millions of people in both developing and developed countries worldwide. It complements cereals and other carbohydrate-rich foods in providing near-perfect nutrition to people of all ages. Moreover, a regular intake ofbeans helps lower cholesterol and cancer risks. Despite the fact that per capita consumption of common bean in some developed countries (e. g. , the U. S. A. ) has been increasing over the last several years, in general, the average global per capita consumption is declining because production is unable to keep up with the population growth. Moreover, increasing demand for pesticide-free food products, concern for natural resources conservation, and the need to reduce production costs offer daunting challenges to the twenty-first century policy makers, bean growers, and researchers alike. High yielding, high quality bean cultivars that require less water, fertilizers, pesticides, and manual labor combined with integrated management of abiotic and biotic stresses will have to be developed. Eminent bean researchers were invited to contemplate these issues, prepare a state-of-the-art account on most relevant topics, and offer their insight into research directions into the twenty-first century. Four excellent books have been published covering various aspects ofthe common bean since 1980. These books are: I) Bean Production Problems nd in the Tropics (l SI ed. 1980, 2 ed. 1989), H. F. Schwartz & M. A.

Keywords

bean breeding development genetic improvement genetics plant

Editors and affiliations

  • Shree P. Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.University of IdahoKimberlyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-9211-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1999
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-5293-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-9211-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1381-673X
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