A Bounty of Beans: MSU's Hearty Global Impact Cover

Issue #Spring/Summer 2016

A Bounty of Beans: MSU's Hearty Global Impact

Published July 11, 2016

By: AgBioResearch

2016 is the International Year of Pulses. This edition of Futures delves into MSU's commitment to legume and pulse research around the world.



Battling insects: Keeping pesky pod borer, bean weevil at bay

Published on July 11, 2016

Scientists from institutions around the world are developing protective measures to keep crops safe from harmful legume pests.

Bean counters: Ensuring economic benefits of research

Published on July 11, 2016

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.

Creating new international supply chain outlets proves challenging

Published on July 11, 2016

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

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The Feed the Future presidential initiative focuses on advancing global agricultural development through institutions such as MSU.

Improving grain legume production with new ag technology

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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

Published on July 11, 2016

MSU University Distinguished Professor James Kelly has developed 47 bean varieties in the past 35 years. And he's not finished yet.

Light shines bright on nutrient-rich crop during 2016 Year of the Pulses

Published on July 11, 2016

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.

MASFRIJOL: Spreading message for better health in Guatemalan highlands

Published on July 11, 2016

MASFRIJOL works to increase bean yields and consumption, as well as improve nutrition education, in the Guatemalan highlands. READ

MSU history continues strong in Saginaw Valley and Thumb Regions

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MSU's Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center has provided research for the agriculture industry for more than 40 years.

MSU scientist looking at fatty acids to stop stunting, poor cognitive development

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MSU AgBioResearch scientist Jenifer Fenton is studying the relationship between malnutrition and essential fatty acid deficiency.

Researcher Q&A: Irvin Widders

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A Q&A with Irvin Widders, the director of the Legume Innovation Lab.

Taking legume learnings from MSU to other countries

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MSU students are taking their knowledge of legumes and applying it around the world.

The Legume Innovation Laboratory

Published on July 11, 2016

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.

World leaders convene in Zambia to talk pulse improvements

Published on July 11, 2016

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