Phaseolus Lunatus: Diversity, Growth and Production

Ademir Sérgio Ferreira de Araújo, Angela Celis de Almeida Lopes and Regina Lucia Ferreira Gomes
Department of Agricultural Engineering and Soil Science Agricultural Science Center, Federal University of Piauí Teresina, PI, Brazil

Series: Plant Science Research and Practices
BISAC: SCI020000

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This book has been written in an attempt to advance people’s knowledge on the Lima bean (Phaseolus lunatus) crop in tropical and sub-tropical regions. The Lima bean is an important species of plant for humans in tropical regions and its seeds are considered an important source of protein for people from South America, Africa, and Mexico. There is little information about the Lima bean crop regarding its origin, diversity, evolution, growth and production. This book encompasses nine chapters on the topic to provide a broad knowledge of this fascinating crop.

The first three chapters cover the origin, diversity and evolution of the crop, including important information from Mexico and Brazil. Chapter Four covers the phenology and development of the Lima bean aiming to understand all periods of growth. Chapter Five shows important information for plant production regarding soil, chemical and organic fertilization. Chapters Six and Seven explain all aspects related to biological nitrogen fixation with information about soil bacterial diversity and the potential to fix the problem in tropical soil. Chapter Eight reports important diseases related to the Lima bean and their management. Chapter Nine shows the social and economic importance of the Lima bean mainly for developing countries. (Imprint: Nova)

Preface

Genetic Diversity of Lima Bean
(Ângela Celis de Almeida Lopes, Regina Lucia Ferreira Gomes, Sérgio Emílio dos Santos Valente and Lidiane de Lima Feitoza, Federal University of Piauí, Centre for Natural Sciences, Department of Biology, Teresina, Piauí, Brazil, and others)

Genetic Variability of Seed Characters of Lima Bean
(Jardel Oliveira Santos, Regina Lucia Ferreira Gomes, Ângela Celis de Almeida Lopes, Universidade Estadual do Maranhão, Chapadinha, Maranhão, Brasil, and other)

Recent Advances in the Study of the Evolution of Lima Bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.) in Mexico
(Jaime Martínez Castillo, Rubén Humberto Andueza Noh, María Isabel Chacón Sánchez, Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán, Col. Chuburna de Hidalgo, Mérida, Yucatán, México, and others)

Phenology, Vegetative Development and Pollen Viability
(Maria da Conceição Prado de Oliveira, Ana Clara de Sousa Meirelles, Ângela Celis de Almeida Lopes and Marcones Ferreira Costa, Departamento de Biologia, Universidade Federal do Piauí, Teresina, Brazil, and others)

Chemical and Organic Fertilization of Lima Bean in Brazil
(Ademir Sérgio Ferreira de Araújo, Sandra Mara Barbosa Rocha, Dyego Leandro da Costa Monte and Nilza Silva Carvalho, Agricultural Science Center, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, Piauí, Brazil)

Biodiversity of Nitrogen-Fixing Nodule Bacteria associated with Lima Bean (Phaseolus lunatus L.) in its Domestication Centers
(Ernesto Ormeño-Orrillo, Doris Zúñiga Dávila, Esperanza Martínez-Romero, Center for Genomic Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, and other)

Rhizobia and Lima bean Symbiosis: Importance, Occurrence, and Diversity
(Ademir Sérgio Ferreira de Araújo, Jadson Emanue Lopes Antunes, Ângela Celis de Almeida Lopes, Regina Lucia Ferreira Gomes and Marcia Barreto do Vale Figueiredo, Agricultural Science Center, Federal University of Piauí, Teresina, Piauí, Brazil, and other)

Lima Bean Diseases
(Eulália Maria Sousa Carvalho, José Evando Aguiar Beserra Jr, Beatriz Meireles Barguil, Universidade Federal do Piauí, Centro de Ciências Agrárias, Departamento de Fitotecnia, Teresina-PI, Brazil, and other)

Aspects of Crop and Socioeconomic Management of the Lima bean within Northeastern Brazil
(Regina Lucia Ferreira Gomes, Cristiane Araújo Soares, Francisco Carlos Gândara, Marília Lobo Burle, Universidade Federal do Piauí, Campus Ministro Petrônio Portela, Bairro Ininga, Teresina, Piauí, Brazil, and others)

Index

The chapters of this book were written by many experts from around the America and should be immensely useful not only for researchers, but also for graduate and post-graduate students, teachers and more generally to farmers who would like to know more about that fascinating crop.

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