Impacts of Grain Legume Research & Development in Developing Countries
Facing global challenge on food production and sustainable agriculture due to drastic climate change such as extreme temperatures, limitations to fresh water supplies and soil erosion, global food security, economy, and environmental sustainability have been recognized among the top national priorities of developing and developed countries alike.
The current research group has identified grain legumes as environmentally friendly crops with high nutrition value and their great potential to combat the aforementioned challenge. Yet, 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 jointly published "Neglecting legumes has compromised human health and sustainable food production" in Nature Plants in 2016 and co-edited a special issue on legumes in Journal of Experimental Botany to response to the situation. The research group has demonstrated a cross-disciplinary approach to tackle global challenges spanning food security, climate change and health.
The current research group pledges to foster and coordinate an international consortium on legume research through the establishment of a communication network. With the organization of WUN Symposium cum Research Summit in 2017, which features a parallel workshop for young scientists to explore the impact of grain legume research and development has in developing countries, and how it contributes to their economic development, environment, and well being, a multi-level, multi-disciplinary academic exchange platform was established. Not only did the early career researchers were educated the latest and future development plans of legumes technology, sustaining collaboration was also built among between the experienced and budding talents.
Further to the success of the WUN Symposium cum Research Summit, the research group has created global awareness of legume research with impact publications. Initiated and co-edited by Prof. Christine Foyer, Prof Henry Nguyen, and Prof Hon-Ming Lam, two Special Issues on Plant, Cell & Environment were issued in 2018 and 2019 (Special Issue on Legumes: Part I and Special Issue on Legumes: Part II), in which three peer-reviewed publications were jointly published by the research group.