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July 2017
Welcome to EUROLEGUME news!
EUROLEGUME has entered into its last six months. From now on and until the end of the
project it will be released several of the most relevant outputs of the project.
Thank you very much for your attention. Looking forward your feedback”.

Eduardo Rosa, Project Coordinator (UTAD – Vila Real | Portugal)
PEAS and FABA BEANS ready to cook in the MICROWAVE

Immature pea seeds are now well adapted to be commercialized as a minimally processed product, popularly known as “fresh-cut”. Within the EUROLEGUME Project, the optimization of a modified atmosphere packaging has already been attained. It is helpful for preserving the quality of the pea seeds for up to 14 days.

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Cowpea fresh pods: a NEW LEGUME for the MARKET

Several qualities, and dietary characteristics of pods from 37 accessions originated from southern Europe (Greece, Portugal and Spain) were assessed, in an attempt to provide information on pod quality and nutritional properties and identify relationships between quality traits and origin of the accession. Most of the accessions tested produced cowpea fresh pods of acceptable quality and high dietary value, which indicates that they can be introduced to the market and constitute a valuable genetic material for the development of new improved varieties. This is an experiment conducted within the framework of the EUROLEGUME research project at the Agricultural University of Athens.

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Legumes FEED broiler CHICKENS and dairy COWS

The study conducted at Latvia University of Agriculture confirmed the suitability of locally grown faba beans and peas for application in broiler and dairy cow feed.

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Food TECHNOLOGY with legumes resulted in 3 DOCTORAL studies

Two students from Latvia University of Agriculture, Liene Strauta and Asnate Kirse, and another one from the Polytechnic University of Cartagena, Mariano Otón Alcaraz, have successfully defended their doctoral dissertations, supervised by the EUROLEGUME team.

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The IMPACT of pea GENOTYPES in ORGANIC practices

The use of ‘Schinousa’ pea landrace reduced significantly the fresh shoot biomass on the harvesting date (8.95 ton ha-1) when compared to ‘Andros’ landrace, ‘Onward’ pea commercial variety and ‘Amorgos’ pea landrace (26.19 ton ha-1, 24.92 ton ha-1 and 17.66 ton ha-1, respectively).

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FIRST ANALYSIS on cowpea-nodulating rhizobia in European SOILS

Until now, there was a very limited information about cowpea rhizobia in European soils. In the present study, developed in Greece, investigators analyzed, for the first time, the genetic and phenotypic diversity of indigenous cowpea-nodulating rhizobia.

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EUROLEGUME present at GFIA Europe 2017
EUROLEGUME was recently represented at the 'Global forum for innovations in agriculture' (GFIA Europe), which took place on May 9-10, 2017, in Utrecht (Netherlands).
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International Conference Novi-Sad
Save the Date! The International Conference in Grain Legume Cultivation and Use, co-organised by EUROLEGUME, will take place between 27 and 28 September 2017 in Serbia.
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Advanced course in Zaragoza
EUROLEGUME and LEGATO will be jointly organising the advanced course on “Advances in Breeding and Agronomy for Improving Sustainability and Quality of Grain Legume Crops”.
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Video on the International Year of the Pulses
2016 marked the International Year of the Pulses. UTAD, coordinator of EUROLEGUME, organised a thematic week dedicated to legumes and developed a video with highlights.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613781.

Photo credits:

Tempeh by FotoMediamatic - CC BY-SA 2.0; Vigna unguiculata nodules2 by Harry Rose - CC BY 2.0; Novi Sad, Serbie by Eric Paradis - CC BY 2.0;

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