About us new

About the Legume Hub

Scientia potentia est: knowledge is power. But understanding empowers.

The purpose of the Legume Hub is to empower all interested in the development of legume crop production and use by providing access to validated knowledge. It is a platform dedicated to sharing knowledge and successful practices across value chains, from plant breeding, on-farm activities, through to processing and consumption.

The Hub is a multi-lingual publishing platform featuring written, spoken and visual media. Self-published articles form its core. Each article is attributed to its author(s) and their organisations. All articles published through the Hub are subject to independent peer-review and each is citable as a scientific or technical publication. The Hub editors strive to ensure contributors can be proud of their work published on the Hub. The Legume Hub is governed by the members of the European Legume Hub Community. All users involved in the development of legume production and use are invited to join the Legume Hub Community by registering as a member. Members have increased access to The Hub’s resources and are able to contact other members. Members are welcome to contribute to the Hub by creating a personal profile related to their legume work, publishing articles and providing information about their projects.

The European Legume Hub Community

The members of the European Legume Hub Community (established as the European Legume Hub Association) collectively own the Legume Hub. The Hub is formally legally represented by the member organisation that provides the secretariat. The Donau Soja Organisation provides this function. All users may join the Hub Community. The Community has a board elected by its members. The elected board organises the review of contributions, develops policy on content, and guides the technical management of the Legume Hub. The Hub Community also provides a voice to its members in public debate about the development of legume-supported cropping as an association of innovators, scientists and technologists.

Draft statutes of the European Legume Hub Association: download version May 2021

For users

Developing legume production and use involves decision-making along complex value chains. Drivers of development range from the environmental consequences of reliance on imported soybeans from agricultural systems connected to deforestation, exploiting the potential of plant breeding, optimising agronomic practices, the optimisation of legume-supported cropping systems, to processing and use in food and feed. The development of the Hub focused on the decisions made in these value chains, especially farmers’ decisions. As a knowledge platform, the Hub is designed to support these decision-making users.

For contributors

The Hub is an open and validated (peer-reviewed) self-publishing platform for authors. It gives maximum recognition to its contributors, their projects and organisations. All users can publish on the Hub as members of the Legume Hub Community. Members can build up a portfolio of published materials including original Hub articles, existing articles, images and videos to support their wider efforts to support the development of legumes.

Written articles form the core of the Hub. Each article is attributed to its author(s) and their organisations and is citable as a scientific or technical publication. All articles are subject to independent peer-review. The Hub editors work to ensure that contributors can be proud of their input to the Hub and that the Hub is respected as a community of authors. Contributors can extend their involvement by contributing to the review of the Hub’s content and its direction. This editorial work is also acknowledged on the Legume Hub in members’ personal profiles. Contributors may refer professionally to their role as an author and/or editor in reporting the impact of their work. The Hub’s contributors are listed here.

For researchers

Research consortia are welcome to use the Hub as part of their communication activities to enhance the impact of their research. Project consortia that use the Hub as a publishing platform benefit from The Hub Community’s work within the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) to ensure that the Legume Hub is well-known as a route to impact for European Union-funded research and innovation consortia.

The Legumes Translated project

The Legume Hub was developed in the Legumes Translated project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under the grant agreement No. 817634. The consortium comprises 17 partners in 9 countries with 14 local innovation groups (actor groups). The Legume Hub concept and design is the work of Donal Murphy-Bokern (DMB), Leo Rittler and Georg Spreitzer (DS), Christine Watson (SRUC) and Lauren Dietemann (FiBL).