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Variety selection and seed quality management in grain legume cultivation

Code: 9781838793968
Jean Claude Rubyogo, Pan-Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA), International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Tanzania; and Wilfred Odhiambo, Seed Systems Consultant, Kenya

Chapter synopsis: A key aspect of grain legume crop cultivation is selecting and being able to access the seed of the right type and quality. This is becoming more challenging as grain legumes become cash crops and smallholder farmers transition from subsistence farming to market-oriented production. This chapter discusses the challenges of legume variety selection and seed quality management as well as how they can be addressed, for example through participatory varietal selection (PVS). It includes case studies on improving seed selection and quality management in practice in sub-Saharan Africa.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0023.07
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Seed quality 3 Addressing key issues and challenges in variety selection and quality control 4 Case studies: the use of research to improve legume cultivation in practice 5 Summary: how research can contribute to enhanced and sustainable crop production 6 Future trends in legume research 7 Where to look for further information 8 References
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