Mungbean has long been a popular crop in Asia, but other parts of the world are beginning to take greater notice of this nutritious legume.
Bred by the World Vegetable Center, ‘Lakateu-AV’ and ‘Kiukae-AV’ are the first mungbean varieties released in Timor-Leste—and also the first WorldVeg vegetable varieties in the country.
Mungbean has great potential to provide additional income for farmers and nutritious food for people. This important pulse crop in Asia can be harvested 2 months after sowing, which makes it an ideal fit for fallow periods in rice and wheat production systems.
A mungbean learning alliance established in 2015 under the BMZ-funded “Beans with Benefits” project is bringing together researchers, farmers, extension workers, brokers, processors, millers, input suppliers and marketers to discuss issues related to mungbean production in Pakistan. --MORE--
This study determined the level of phytonutrients in mungbean and soybean sprouts compared to mature mungbean grain and vegetable soybean. Sprouting mungbean enhanced vitamin C content 2.7-fold compared to mature mungbean grain. The vegetable soybean stage was superior to soybean sprouts in terms of content of protein (14% increase), Zn (45%), Ca (72%), and Fe (151%). Isoflavones, reported to have beneficial effects on human health, are found at high concentrations in soybean sprouts.
In India’s eastern state of Odisha, mungbean and urdbean are important crops that provide a major share of people’s daily nutrition. But seed is broadcast and left without any care until the harvest; crops are grown mostly under rainfed conditions, and yields are low. -- MORE --
In mid-2016, the World Bank approached the World Vegetable Center with a request to introduce improved vegetable production technologies in Assam. WorldVeg developed a project proposal “Assam Agribusiness and Rural Transformation" (APART) and presented it to Assam Rural Infrastructure and Agriculture Services (ARIAS), an agency under the government of Assam. To better understand the Center’s work, ARIAS members toured WorldVeg project locations in Odisha from 21-22 March 2017. -- MORE --
The World Vegetable Center South Asia is exploring physiology based screening approaches for identifying elite mungbean accessions for high temperature tolerance under field and controlled growth conditions. Promising selections have been subjected to elevated CO2 environments to determine their physiological responses, growth and yield abilities to help select lines with greater adaptability to the likely climates of the future.
Increasing atmospheric temperatures will be detrimental for growth functions of various crop plants, especially mungbean, as demand for this legume is increasing in spring and summer in major growing regions in the northern parts of India.