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Legumes in Cropping Systems

Legumes in Cropping Systems

Now Published!

Edited by D Murphy-Bokern, Independent scientist, Germany, F Stoddard, University of Helsinki, Finland, C Watson, SRUC, UK

May 2017 / Hardback / 278 Pages / 9781780644981 £85.00 / €110.00 / $140.00
With 10% online discount: £76.50 / €99.00 / $126.00
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Main Description

Based on contributions from members of the Legumes Future research consortium and complemented by articles from other research teams, this book provides a comprehensive overview of knowledge relevant to developing legume-supported cropping systems in Europe. It reflects the growing interest in using legumes to improve cropping and the current debate over the imbalance in European systems where the low use of legumes has caused concern in the agricultural policy community. This book supports informed debate and decision-making that addresses the associated challenges.
Legumes in Cropping Systems presents current knowledge on this subject across 15 coordinated chapters. Each chapter addresses a specific aspect of legume cropping and provides insight into the relevant literature to help support understanding and explore the underlying processes that influence cropping system development. This book includes coverage of:
· the role of legumes in cropping systems;
· the role of legumes in European protein supplies;
· environmental effects of grain and forage legumes;
· current status of the major grain and forage legume crops;
· economic effects; and
· policy development.
Written by an international team of expert authors and presented in full-colour throughout, this book is an invaluable resource for researchers in agronomy and crop sciences, agricultural professionals, policy makers, and students.

  • 1: Introduction – Perspectives on Legume Production and Use in European Agriculture
  • 2: The Role of Legumes in Bringing Protein to the Table
  • 3: Nitrogen and Phosphorus Losses from Legume-supported Cropping
  • 4: Legume Crops and Biodiversity
  • 5: Grain Legumes: an Overview
  • 6: Lupins in European Cropping Systems
  • 7: Developing Soy Production in Central and Northern Europe
  • 8: Legume-based Green Manure Crops
  • 9: White Clover Supported Pasture-based Systems in North-west Europe
  • 10: Red Clover in Cropping Systems
  • 11: Lucerne (Alfalfa) in European Cropping Systems
  • 12: Mixtures of Legumes for Forage Production
  • 13: Introducing Legumes into European Cropping Systems: Farm-level Economic Effects
  • 14: Optimizing Legume Cropping: the Policy Questions
  • 15: Developing Legume Cropping: Looking Forward

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