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Research project: Drought tolerance and nutrition in underutilised legume crops

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One way to combat climate change and an increasing size of the human population is identifying novel crops with increased environmental tolerances which can grow with less water and on poorer soils. We are focussing on underutilised legume crops, specifically looking at drought tolerance and nutrition.

Project Overview

With climate change and food security being at the forefront of worldwide political and social agendas it is vital to identify crops which have the potential to feed the world in the future. There are many legume crops with high tolerance of water deficit, and nutritional profiles which complement that achieved from cereals, yet research into some of these crops is limited. In this project several underutilised legumes will be investigated to gain a better understanding of the genetics of drought tolerance and the traits that confer this phenotype. Further, the effects of water deficit on seed nutrition will be investigated, with the goal of identifying crops and varieties with the optimal combination of drought tolerance and nutrition.

Supervisor: Mark Chapman (supervisor) & Gail Taylor (co-supervisor)
Funding dates: Oct 2016- Sept 2019
Funding provider: Kuwait Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAFR)


Purple pods of Lablab (hyacinth bean)
Purple pods of Lablab (hyacinth bean)
Purple pods of Lablab (hyacinth bean)
Purple pods of Lablab (hyacinth bean)
Lablab Flower (hyacinth bean)
Lablab Flower (hyacinth bean)
Lablab (hyacinth bean)
Lablab (hyacinth bean)

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Environmental Biosciences



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