ILS webinars are here!

We are proud to announce the very first series of ILS public webinars on topics related to legume cultivation, improvement and crop use. There will be one webinar per month of 1-hour duration (inclusive of discussion) from September 2022 to June 2023, mostly on the first Tuesday of each month in the afternoon.

The opening seminar will be offered by Dr. Christian Huyghe of INRAE on September 6 at 4 PM CET on the topic “Perspectives, opportunities, challenges and burning research issues for legume crops in Europe“.

You can find the complete list of webinars and the links to participate at:

Nelson Nazzicari will host the webinars and will take care of the technical aspects. The webinars will use Microsoft Teams platform and to access you’ll need a link, already available on our website.

We encourage you to disseminate this initiative, which does not require ILS membership for participation. The webinars will be recorded and made available to everyone on the ILS website.

Invitation to free-of-charge publication in Legume Science for young scientists

Legume Science would like to invite manuscripts (research or review papers) from PhD level graduate students or postdoctoral fellows (graduated in the last 3 years), who are working in the area of pre- or post-harvest science and technology of legumes (breeding, genetics, agronomy, physiology, processing, packaging, chemistry, nutrition, starch/protein isolation, industrial applications, biofuels and many more) for submission to the journal. Ten manuscripts will be selected for the competition, and those papers will be published in the open-access journal free of charge (with Publication Fee of USD 2,800 waived). All accepted papers will be published in a special issue for the competitively selected manuscripts.

A certificate of distinction will also be issued by Legume Science. It definitely boosts young scientists’ early career with a huge impact on the global readership, who can access your manuscript freely after acceptance. The manuscript would further increase authors’ citation record.

The procedure for submission is described in the following link:

Registration for the 8th International Legume Root Diseases workshop (ILRD8) are open!

Dear colleagues,

We are very pleased to announce that registration and abstract submission for the 8th International Legume Root Diseases workshop (ILRD8), August 23-26th, 2022, are open !

The workshop will be free of charge.

Abstract submission deadline for oral presentation : April 1st, 2022

Registration deadline and abstract submission deadline for poster :  June 15, 2022

Information available on or contact

We look forward to meeting you virtually at the workshop.

Best regards,

The ILRD8 local organizing committee

ILS conference postponed to 2023

[A letter from ILS president Paolo Annicchiarico]

Dear colleagues and friends of the ILS,
first of all, best wishes to you and your closest ones for a healthy and prosperous 2022!

Unfortunately, the last year was more difficult than most people expected with regard to the pandemy. The problems connected to it are still on-going in many countries.

One consequence of this situation will be the postponement of the Fourth ILS Conference from 2022 to 2023. The new date for the Conference is from September 19th to September 22nd, 2023, still in Granada (Spain).

The ILS Executive Committee debated about a postponement and finally agreed on it in consideration of (i) the heavy financial consequences for the Organizing Committee of a possible conference cancellation, and (ii) the much greater perceived interest of a physical meeting relative to an on-line conference held in 2022.

We believe that the one-year postponement and the anticipation of the conference to the late-summer period (when the infection is historically lowest) minimize the risk of a non-physical conference for the new planned date. While assuring that any possible precaution will be taken by the Organizing Committee to ensure a safe participation to the conference, we anticipate that no further postponement will occur. The conference will take place on-line in the unfortunate case that the pandemy prevented a physical conference in 2023.

No ILS membership fee will be due for 2022. The ILS conference participation fees in 2023 will include the ILS membership fees for the 3-year period 2023-2025, amounting to 50 € euro as usual.

The ILS Executive Committee has also decided to organize a cycle of webinars, one per month from September 2022 to June 2023. It will be a way to be in closer contact, looking forward to meeting in person in September 2023. We aim to define the list of speakers by June 2022.

The ILS website will provide information on the postponed ILS conference and the cycle of seminars in due time. Please keep contributing to the development of this website, e.g. by communicating (to information on new events or on-going research projects to post in the website.

With best regards,

Paolo Annicchiarico

(President of ILS)

World Soybean Research Conference 11 – NEW DATES ANNOUNCED!

(POSTPONED) – NEW DATE IS: 4-9 September, 2022
Novi Sad, Serbia

Conference goals

To promote soybean research and to encourage the global soybean community to interact and initiate discussions, aiming to give answers and raise new questions.

Organized by

Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops
Maksima Gorkog 30, 21101 Novi Sad, Serbia
+381 21 48 98 100

Soybean roles

Globally important crop fundamental for food and feed supply. Soybean plays key role in development of environmentally friendly agriculture production.  

For extra info:

In memory of Aleksandar Mikić

Aleksandar Mikic, the legume (re)searcher A sad announcement: on the morning of September 6th 2021, our beloved Slavic friend and colleague Aleksandar Mikič passed away.

Aleksandar made an outstanding contribution to the International Legume Society. He was one of the founding members of ILS, which he strongly supported in various ways during its development from the ashes of AEP – including the creation of the Society logo. He offered to host the first ILS conference in Novi Sad in 2013 and shaped nearly each aspect of it, from the conference name (2013: A Legume Odyssey) to the conference logo, bags and gadgets. Most importantly, when ILS created its magazine, Legume Perspectives, Aleksandar voluntarily acted as the Technical Editor and formatted and edited himself all the pdf files and issues of the magazine for 5 years. Also, he created the first ILS website.

Many of us had the privilege to meet him, receiving from him high motivation charged with passion for legumes and plants in general. The legume community as we know it today is open, lively, creative and with a good sense of humour. Aleksandar contributed greatly to these features with his own exceptional example, insight and human characteristics. He foresaw ILS as a key opportunity for legume research and transfer to industry, linking together the research on all legumes worldwide (grain, forage, pharmaceutical or ornamental ones; from the Old World to the Americas).

Aleksandar also valued a good team spirit. Many of us remember our debut as players of the First International Legume Football Cup that Aleksandar organized. Using his own words, an amalgam of science and fun. Aleksandar kept creating the names and logos of the participating teams for the following editions. And we are looking forward to the Fourth edition of the Cup at ILS4 in 2022 in Granada!

Aleksandar’s scientific horizons were endless, including archaeology, plant biology, breeding and farmers communities. He was a prolific writer not only of scientific papers but also books like the Lexicon of Pulse Crops and Haiku Poems about legumes, and even cartoons of Asterix or other characters focusing on legume-based stories!

In the last years, Aleksandar suffered the effects of a disease that progressively erased his ability to work. Despite that, he still managed to occasionally contribute to ILS in various ways.

We will miss Aleksandar and his bright, innovative ideas. As a tribute to Aleksandar as a poet and a scientist, we retrieve his “Lady of Legumes” poem from Grain Legumes 54 (2009) for all of you.

Inwitári! Of Legumes Dame!
I sing to praise thy noble name.
Slender thou art, a stem of vetch;
Firmly thy grace my heart did catch.
The steps of thine are gentle and light,
Leaving a trace of clover white.
The hue of thy hair is gold pure
Like a grain of soybean mature.
The lips like thine none’s ever seen,
Purple as pods of lablab bean.
Stars in thy eyes fall in showers,
Small and bright like lentil flowers.
Thy soul is fresh, fragrant and neat
As a garden full of pea sweet.
Like a firebird with flaming plumes
Thy beauty is, Lady of Legumes.

Aleksandar´s short bio 
Aleksandar Mikić, PhD, born in Pančevo, Serbia, in 1974, worked as Research Associate and annual legume breeder at the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad, Serbia. His fields of interest encompassed conventional and molecular genetics, genetic resources, breeding, agronomy, agroecology, and crop history of annual legumes. Dr. Mikić co-authored more than 350 journal papers, about 120 international conference papers, over 10 book chapters, and more than 30 legume cultivars. He was also one of the founding members of the International Legume Society (2012), among the creators of the UN FAO 10-Year Research Strategy For Pulse Crops (2016) and a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution (since 2018). 

He left his wife Sanya and daugther Sonja and son Mihailo