The role of legumes in bringing protein to the table

Donal Murphy-Bokern, Alain Peeters and Henk Westhoek
Posted: 02.06.2021
This chapter examines the role of legumes in the provision of nitrogen and protein in the European food system. It follows the nitrogen cycle starting with a description of biological functioning of ecosystems. From this, it describes the role of legumes in supplying protein for food and feed from this reactive nitrogen. A detailed account of sources and uses of plant protein in Europe is provided, including a consideration of the effect of diet.

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Murphy-Bokern, D., Peeters, A. and Westhoek, H. (2017). The role of legumes in bringing protein to the table. In: Murphy-Bokern, D., Stoddard, F. and Watson, C. (Eds.). Legumes in cropping systems. CABI.

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  • This chapter examines the role of legumes in the provision of nitrogen and protein in the European food system. It follows the nitrogen cycle starting with a description of biological functioning of ecosystems. From this, it describes the role of legumes in supplying protein for food and feed from this reactive nitrogen. A detailed account of sources and uses of plant protein in Europe is provided, including a consideration of the effect of diet.


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Authors: Donal Murphy-Bokern, Alain Peeters and Henk Westhoek
Acknowledgement: Legume Futures has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant No. 245216.

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