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Improving the Production and Nutritional Quality of Food Legumes

  • Lewis M. Roberts
  • Clibas Vieira
Part of the Basic Life Sciences book series (BLSC, volume 7)

Abstract

Man has been using some legumes as important sources of food ever since the invention of agriculture, probably about 8000 to 10,000 years ago. For example, remains of peas, Fisum sativum, have been found in the Swiss lake dwellings of the Bronze Age (1), and the plant was cultivated by the Greeks and Romans. The broad bean, Vicia faba, probably native to northern Africa and the Near East, has been under domestication for at least 4000 years and probably longer. It was well known to the ancient Egyptians and to the Greeks. Records 5000 years old mention cultivation of the soybean, Glycine max, in eastern Asia, possibly its native habitat, but there is no record of its first domestication, which must have occurred long before.

Keywords

Common Bean Broad Bean Rockefeller Foundation Field Bean Food Legume 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lewis M. Roberts
    • 1
  • Clibas Vieira
    • 2
  1. 1.Agricultural SciencesThe Rockefeller FoundationGuatemala CityGuatemala
  2. 2.Departamento de FitotecniaUniversidade Federal de Viçosa, Escola Superior de AgriculturaViçosaBrasil

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