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Research Advances in Common Bean: (Phaseolus Vulgaris L.) and Related Species

V.P. Singh (Editor) R.K. Maiti (Editor)
Synopsis The common bean, Phaseolus vulgaris, is domesticated independently in ancient Mesoamerica and the Andes, and now grown worldwide for its edible bean, popular both dry and as a green bean. As a legume, beans provided the nitrogen-fixing bacteria which supplied that essential nutrient to the other two crops. The common bean is a highly variable species. The commonly used beans are dry bean, green beans, Shelling beans, Snap or String beans, Shell beans, Pinto or mottled beans White beans, red (kidney) beans, Black beans, Pink Beans and, Popping beans. Green and yellow Snap beans are used to be called string beans, but the string has been bred out of most varieties. They come in bush and pole varieties. Pole beans will require some form of support, and will produce the heaviest yield. Shell beans include lima beans, southern peas, and horticultural beans. Dry beans Dry beans come from plants that have completed their growth and produced hard, dry seeds inside their pods. When mature, the beans are packed with protein. The common bean in high in starch, protein and dietary fiber and is an excellent source of, potassium, selenium, molybdenum, thiamine, vitamin B6, and folic acid. Phaseolus vulgaris or common bean in most widely cultivated of all beans in temperate regions, and widely cultivated in semitropical regions. Mature ripe beans, variously called navy beans, white beans, northern beans, or pea beans, are widely consumed. Several books on common bean are available in the market on specific aspects, but a book is rare which contains various aspects starting from taxonomy. The present book discusses advances in common bean during the past decade. The authors felt the necessity for compiling extensively reviewed aspects in a single book the world wide research advances on various subjects of bean. The book covers a variety of subjects starting from origin, breeding and genetics, physiology, production techniques, biotic and abiotic stress factors, food science to biotechnology and biochemistry in a cohesive manner. In the third world, where bean cultivation and research is proceeding at a rapid pace, the scientist get access to current science. Libraries are poorly funded and computer facilities are negligible, not permitting website consultation. The authors strongly feel this book will fulfill their desires. The book aims to serve as a major source of information for the students, researchers, farmers and producers to know about research advances on bean sciences made by the scientists throughout the world.
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About the authors

V.P. Singh

Dr. V.P. Singh, is a senior Professor and Head of the Institute of Environment Management and Plant Sciences, Vikram University, Ujjain. He has over 32 years of teaching and research experience in the field of ecology, taxonomy and mangrove ecophysiology. The mangrove is special interest and had worked 5 years on mangrove forest of Andaman and Nicobar Islands under DOE/MAB project. He did the work on Australian mangrove species in University of WWU, Muenster, Germany under DAAD fellowship. Visited all parts of South Japan to study the distribution of mangrove species with Prof. Odaki, under JSPS fellowship. Dr. Singh has visited many countries like Canada, Germany, Japan, America, Holland and UAE on account of his research activities. He is member of International Society of Mangrove Ecosystem and Mangrove Society of India. Dr. Singh has successfully guided the research work of about 20 Ph.D. Scholars and completed 15 major research Projects sponsored by various funding agencies.

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R.K. Maiti

Dr. Ratikanta Maiti is a renowned Botanist of international repute with specialisation n Crop Physiology. He obtained Ph.D and D.Sc in Botany from Calcutta University, India. he worked for 9 years as a Senior Botanist in Jute Agricultural Research Institute, Barrackpore (I.C.A.R.), Calcutta. Then he worked for 10 years as a Senior Plant Physiologist in International Crop Research Institute for Semi-arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Patancheru, India. Then he worked as Professor and Research Scientist in two universities in Mexico for 10 years. He enjoyed Mexican Govt. sponsored Senior National Research Scientist for continuous 18 years. At present, he is an Honorary Consultant (seeds) in Vibha Agrotech Ltd., Hyderabad, India and working on different aspects of physiology of various crops mainly pearl millet, maize, sunflower, cotton, paddy, etc. He won several international awards such as International Scientist Award offered by IBC, Cambridge and Ethnobotanist Award-2003 sponsored by Friends University, U.S.A. and U.N.D.P. He has published over 350 research papers in more than 40 national and international scientific juornals. Also, Dr. Maiti has published more than 20 books namely Advances in Potato Science by Gaurav Society of ARIC, Hisar, India and Sorghum Science, Bean Science, Pearly Millet Science, Peanut Crop, Advances in Chickpea Science, World Fibre Crops by Oxford & IBH Book company, New Delhi and Science Publisher, U.S.A.

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Bibliographic information

Title Research Advances in Common Bean: (Phaseolus Vulgaris L.) and Related Species
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.08.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Agrobios (India)
Language: English
isbn 8190430955
length x+197p., References; Index; 25cm.