Impacts of Grain Legume Research & Development in Developing Countries

The UN declared 2016 as the International Year of Pulses (grain legumes) under the banner “nutritious seeds for a sustainable future”. A second green revolution is required to ensure food and nutritional security in face of global climate change. Grain legumes provide an unparalleled solution to this problem because of their inherent capacity for symbiotic atmospheric nitrogen fixation, which provides economically sustainable advantages for farming and healthy diet for human and livestock alike. The current lack of coordinated focus on grain legumes has compromised human health, nutritional security and sustainable food production. The WUN research group "Legumes: The Hub of Diversification and Adaptation to Climate Change in Agriculture" has made a joint publication “Neglecting legumes has compromised human health and sustainable food production” in Nature Plants and co-edited a special issue on legumes in Journal of Experimental Botany to response to the situation. As this group demonstrated, a cross-disciplinary approach is required to tackle global challenges spanning food security, climate change and health.

The present research group will convene a symposium to explore the impact of grain legume research and development has in developing countries, and how it contributes to their economic development, environment, and wellbeing. The group comprises international experts in plant biotechnology, agronomy, soil science, climate, agricultural and economic/market research. It pledges to contribute a discussion paper focusing on how to make the best use of new technologies and cultivation methods of legumes in promoting sustainable agriculture and economic development in developing countries. It will strive to publish high-impact joint-research papers in relevant areas and set up a data portal to serve as a platform for exchanges. 

University of Alberta: Dr. Nat Kav, Faculty of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences
University of Alberta: Dr. Sven Anders, Faculty of Agriculture, Life & Environmental Sciences
University of Cape Town: Dr. Olivier Crespo, Climate System Analysis Group
CUHK: Prof. CHAN Ting-Fung, School of Life Sciences
CUHK: Prof. Jerome Hui, School of Life Sciences
CUHK: Prof. NGAI Sai-Ming, School of Life Sciences
CUHK: Prof. Jimmy Lee, Department of Computer Science & Engineering
CUHK: Prof. Amos Tai, Earth System Science Programme
CUHK: Prof. Francis Tam, Earth System Science Programme
CUHK: Prof. Derrick Lai, Department of Geography & Resource Management
University of Leeds: Prof. Christine Foyer, School of Biology
University of Massachusetts Amherst: Prof. Om Parkash, Stockbridge School of Agriculture
University of Massachusetts Amherst: Dr. Dong Wang, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
University of Southampton: Dr. Mark Chapman, Academic Unit of Biological Sciences
The University of Western Australia: Prof. Kadambot Siddique, UWA Institute of Agriculture
The University of Western Australia: Dr. Michael Considine, School of Plant Biology
Fujian Agriculture & Forestry University: Prof. LIAO Hong, Root Biology Center
INTA - National Agricultural Technology Institute, Argentina: Dr. Pablo Tittonell, Natural Resources & Environment Program
INTA - National Agricultural Technology Institute, Argentina: Dr. Nacira Munoz, Institute of Physiology & Plant Genetic Resources
INTA - National Agricultural Technology Institute, Argentina: Dr. Silvina Vargas Gil, Institute of Plant Pathology
Jiangnan University: Prof. WANG Jianhua, Jiangsu Provincial Food Safety Research Base
Nanjing Agricultural University: Prof. GAI Junyi, Chinese National Center for Soybean Improvement
The University of Queensland: Prof. Peter Gresshoff, Centre for Integrative Legume Research
University of Exeter: Dr. Michiel Vos, European Centre for Environment & Human Health
University of Georgia: Prof. Scott Jackson, Center for Applied Genetic Technologies
University of Missouri: Dr. Henry Nguyen, Division of Plant Sciences
University of the Western Cape: Prof. Ndiko Ludidi, Department of Biotechnology
Vitasoy International Holdings Limited: Dr. Joanna Chen

Cross-Cutting Themes

Responding to Climate Change