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      Soybean flowering in the north: Combination of Chinese and European genetics could support better adaptation of soybean to northern latitudes

      Soybean is a short-day plant. Longer days and shorter nights such as in Central and Northern Europe are delaying soybean flowering and subsequently maturity. Genes controlling the time to flowering (E-genes) are essential for adaptation to a certain latitude. They are the base of classifying soybean cultivars into maturity groups. A total of 140 Chinese and ...

      Swiss agriculture can become more sustainable and self-sufficient by shifting from forage to grain legume production

      Switzerland’s livestock production causes high environmental costs and depends strongly on feed imports. While plant-based protein demand increases, the local grain legume production is negligible ( ~ 9000 hectares). Here, we investigated the potential of sustainable legume protein production based on an expert survey followed by a quantitative analysis base...

      Alkaloid analysis in lupins

      Prerequisite for food production
      Lupins are an interesting arable crop for cultivation. They provide a source of vegetable protein, can bind nitrogen in the soil as a legume, and have commercialisation potential thanks to their wide range of uses. However, lupins contain alkaloids, plant defence substances that can be toxic to humans and animals above a certain dose. The alkaloid content ca...

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        3rd NIZO Plant Protein Functionality Conference

        3rd NIZO Plant Protein Functionality Conference

        The 3rd NIZO Plant Protein Functionality Conference will be held at Omnisport Apeldoorn, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands from 22-25 October 2024. With the environmental targets set for the coming years and with the increasing world population, we must evolve the way we...

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        International Lathyrus Day

        International Lathyrus Day

        The Fernand Lambein Fund is delighted to announce the first International Lathyrus Day, scheduled for June 3, 2024, in the lively city of Ghent, Belgium. Honoring the legacy of Fernand Lambein, a distinguished researcher in the field of Lathyrus sativus, this event...

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            WSRC: The bean that shaped the world

            The World Soybean Research Conference (WSRC11) will soon take place in Vienna, Austria: from 18 - 23 June 2023. In this video, Donau Soja presents the history of soya cultivation and the questions to be discussed on the WSRC. The captivating story of the soybean's journey to Europe and its subsequent global spread is now revealed in an extraordinary vide...

            Plant proteins in ruminant nutrition

            Dr Lorna MacPherson presents on the role plant proteins in ruminant diets. The slides were presented as part of a workshop on plant proteins.

            Plant proteins in food policy

            Professor Mads Fischer-Moller's presentation focuses on how is approaching plant proteins for human consumption. The slides were presented as part of a workshop on plant proteins.

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