Issue #Spring/Summer 2016
A Bounty of Beans: MSU's Hearty Global Impact
Published July 11, 2016
2016 is the International Year of Pulses. This edition of Futures delves into MSU's commitment to legume and pulse research around the world.
Bean counters: Ensuring economic benefits of research
The Legume Innovation Lab at MSU conducts impact assessments to determine if the program is creating higher yields, improved resistance to pests and diseases, resilience to unfavorable climatic conditions and improved nutritional content.
Taking legume learnings from MSU to other countries
MSU students are taking their knowledge of legumes and applying it around the world.
MSU history continues strong in Saginaw Valley and Thumb Regions
MSU's Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center has provided research for the agriculture industry for more than 40 years. READ
Creating new international supply chain outlets proves challenging
In 2009, Richard Bernsten embarked on a project that explored the bean export supply chain from Honduras to the United States.
Feed the Future initiatives reinvest in agriculture
The Feed the Future presidential initiative focuses on advancing global agricultural development through institutions such as MSU.
World leaders convene in Zambia to talk pulse improvements
Leaders from around the globe gathered in Livingstone, Zambia to discuss the importance of pulse crops at the 2016 Pan-African Grain Legume and World Cowpea Conference. READ
MASFRIJOL: Spreading message for better health in Guatemalan highlands
MASFRIJOL works to increase bean yields and consumption, as well as improve nutrition education, in the Guatemalan highlands. READ
The Legume Innovation Laboratory
Through the Legume Innovation Lab, which is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development's Feed the Future initiative, MSU is on the cutting edge of legume research. READ
Researcher Q&A: Irvin Widders
A Q&A with Irvin Widders, the director of the Legume Innovation Lab.
Improving grain legume production with new ag technology
David Kramer, MSU Hannah Distinguished Professor, is working on a three-year project to accelerate improvements in the robustness and efficiency of photosynthesis.
James Kelly: A masterful bean breeder and mentor
MSU University Distinguished Professor James Kelly has developed 47 bean varieties in the past 35 years. And he's not finished yet. READ
MSU scientist looking at fatty acids to stop stunting, poor cognitive development
MSU AgBioResearch scientist Jenifer Fenton is studying the relationship between malnutrition and essential fatty acid deficiency.
Light shines bright on nutrient-rich crop during 2016 Year of the Pulses
As part of the UN's effort to promote sustainable food production and increased food security and nutrition around the planet, the International Year of Pulses is meant to highlight the importance of pulse crops.
Battling insects: Keeping pesky pod borer, bean weevil at bay
Scientists from institutions around the world are developing protective measures to keep crops safe from harmful legume pests. READ