ECPGR Grain Legumes Working Group

Chair: Creola Brezeanu

Working Group activities and related events

May 2016
The project on "efficient management of resources for smart legumes utilization  (SMARTLEG) (369 KB), submitted by the Grain Legumes Working Group for funding under the ECPGR Activity Grant Scheme, was selected by the Executive Committee.

2016 International Year of Pulses
The UN declared 2016 to be an International Year of Pulses. The goal of the year is to raise the profile of pulses and to celebrate the role of beans, chickpeas, lentils and other pulses in feeding the world. For more information see the website [click here]

August 2015
Kick-off meeting of the ERA-CAPS project Bean_Adapt

“Evolution in a changing environment: the genetic architecture of adaptation outside centers of domestication of Phaseolus vulgaris and P. coccineus

The main aim of this project, coordinated by Roberto Papa (University of Marche, Italy) and involving USA and European partners, is to dissect out the genetic basis and phenotypic consequences of the adaptation to new environments of the common bean and its sister species. The consortium will genotype and phenotype a large number of bean accessions from major genebanks and is seeking opportunities for collaboration with the ECPGR Working Group.

On behalf of the WG on Grain Legumes, the Chair Creola Brezeanu attended the kick-off meeting of the Bean_Adapt project in Bonn, Germany, 10-11 August 2015. See her  Presentation  (1.7 MB)and  Meeting report (536 KB).

May 2013
Fifth meeting of the ECPGR Grain Legumes Working Group, 7-8 May 2013, Novi Sad, Serbia. [more info]

Background information

Pisum sativum at John Innes Centre Norwich, United Kingdom (Photo: L. Maggioni)

The Grain Legumes Working Group was established in 1991.The profile of the Working Group has become recognized as an important focus for grain legume genetic resources coordination within Europe. The Working Group covers a range of species from its inception (Arachis, Cicer, Glycine max, Lens, Lupinus, Phaseolus, Pisum, Vicia faba and Vigna).