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Innovative Pulses for European Temperate Regions: A Review

Version 1 : Received: 14 December 2021 / Approved: 15 December 2021 / Online: 15 December 2021 (08:21:42 CET)

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Ayerdi Gotor, A.; Marraccini, E. Innovative Pulses for Western European Temperate Regions: A Review. Agronomy 2022, 12, 170. Ayerdi Gotor, A.; Marraccini, E. Innovative Pulses for Western European Temperate Regions: A Review. Agronomy 2022, 12, 170.


In the Global North, there is an increasing interest in pulses both for their beneficial effects in cropping systems and for human health. However, despite these advantages, the acreage dedi-cated to pulses has been declining and their diversity reduced, particularly in European temperate regions, due to several social and economic factors. This decline has stimulated a political debate in the EU on the development of plant proteins. By contrast, in the Global South, a large panel of minor pulses is still cropped in regional patterns of production and consumption. The aim of this paper is to investigate the for cultivation of potential minor pulses in European temperate regions as a complement to common pulses. Our assumption is that some of these crops could adapt to different pedo-climatic conditions, given their physiological adaptation capacity, and that these pulses might be of interest for the development of innovative local food chains in an EU policy context targeting protein autonomy. The research is based on a systematic review of 269 papers retrieved in the Scopus database (1974–2019), which allowed us to identify 41 pulses as candidate species with a protein content higher than 20% that are already consumed as food. For each spe-cies, the main agronomic (e.g. temperature or water requirements) and nutritional characteristics (e.g. proteins or antinutritional contents) were identified in their growing regions. Following their agronomic characteristics, the candidate crops were confronted with variability in the annual growing conditions for spring crops in European temperate areas to determine the earliest poten-tial sowing and latest harvest dates. Subsequently, the potential sum of temperatures was calcu-lated with the Agri4cast database to establish the potential climatic suitability. For the first time, 21 minor pulses were selected to be grown in these temperate areas and appear worthy of inves-tigation in terms of yield potential, nutritional characteristics or best management practices.


Grain legumes; crop diversification; sustainable intensification; Growing Degree Days


Biology and Life Sciences, Agricultural Science and Agronomy

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