From the Field

Article about grants given to implement a systems research approach to scaling out technologies, through a test case of the suitability niche for pigeonpea and mung bean.

Dr. Bruno Basso

Project Final Reports

To kick start activities the Legume Systems Innovation Lab awarded six initial project grants. These short-term non-competitive awards were selected based on their research concepts and alignment with overarching innovation lab research goals. All six of these projects have concluded and submitted final reports which we will share over the next several months.

Evaluating Spatial Resolution of Remote Sensing Imagery to Monitor Crop Growth in Legume-Based Cropping Systems: how Much Information is Lost Due to Coarse Spatial Resolution?

Led by Dr. Bruno Basso, Michigan State University

The goal of this project was to implement a systems research approach to scaling out technologies, through a test case of the suitability niche for pigeonpea and mung bean.

These two crops are not yet grown on any significant scale in West Africa, yet both fill unique cropping system functions. Pigeonpea as a long-duration, multipurpose crop; in addition to food, this crop provides vegetation for fodder and has unique ability in association with the root biome to enhance soil nitrogen and phosphorus availability. Mung bean as an early duration crop can be grown in relay and intercrop systems for a ‘hungry season’ food source and novel income generation.

Through crop model simulation and geospatial analysis, the project investigated and mapped the biophysical and socioeconomic niche for introduction of pigeonpea as a novel species in West Africa. The project also explored the geospatial niche potential for mung bean. Read the full report by clicking the "Read More" button below.

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