The LEGVALUE network

The objectives of LEGVALUE are:

  • to define platforms for change that can help deliver greater EU self-sufficiency in vegetable protein production
  • to identify opportunities for innovation, adding value to markets and all participants in the value chains and
  • to recognise opportunities to influence change, be they at commercial, research or at policy level.

The ultimate benefits are the fostering of greater, more profitable legume and pulse production in the EU to satisfy a larger more valuable and diverse market to the financial benefit of all in the value chains and to deliver social and environmental benefits to all.

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LegumeHub launched!

We welcome a new player in the field of Legumes: Legume Hub, a major output of the Legumes Translated project.

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.

Here you can find the launch briefings.

The 4th International Legume Society Conference – Save the date!

Dear colleagues and friends,

It is our great pleasure to welcome you to Granada (Spain), to the 4th International Legume Society Conference, which will be held between the 18th and the 21st of October 2022. This International Conference, which follows our earlier conferences in Novi Sad (2013), Tróia (2016) and Poznań (2019), aims to stimulate knowledge exchange and interactions among researchers and stakeholders interested in promoting greater cultivation and use of grain and forage legumes, as a necessary path towards more sustainable food and feed systems and healthier diets. The conference will cover a wide range of topics, organized in the following scientific sessions:

  • Legume-based value chains: innovation and optimization
  • Legume-based cropping systems: performance, ecosystem services and profitability
  • Legumes for human and animal nutrition and health
  • Legume biodiversity and genetic resource exploitation
  • Genetics and omics-based legume crop improvement
  • Legume breeding: challenges, tools, strategies and achievements
  • Legume physiology, biochemistry and systems biology
  • Beneficial legume plant-microbe interactions
  • Understanding and enhancing legume crop tolerance to abiotic stresses
  • Understanding and enhancing legume crop tolerance to biotic stresses

Further details will be provided by the conference webpage, which will be launched in autumn 2021.

The conference will take place at the Granada Conference and Exhibition Centre, well equipped with the most advanced congress facilities, located in the heart of the city at walking distance to hotels and the monumental city center.

Granada is a World Heritage city declared by UNESCO. Besides the world-renowned Alhambra Palace, Granada offers to visitors the beauty of its historic buildings and countless palaces, Arab town houses and gardens. Besides, Granada is close to the National Park of Sierra Nevada and the sunny Tropical Coast.

Recently, Granada has been awarded City of Science and Innovation. The University of Granada, one of the oldest and most prestigious seats for learning in Spain, the Health Science Technological Park, and the presence of several research Institutes from CSIC, result in a fascinating scientific atmosphere to promote and generate knowledge through many different areas, including key aspects focused in sustainable agriculture, nutrition and human health.

We hope this conference will provide a great opportunity for getting back to physical meetings as we used to live in the pre-covid19 age, with a vision for innovation and science-driven socio-economic change that is increasingly needed for more sustainable human development. We hope that you will enjoy not only the scientific program but also the Andalusian hospitality and the social activities that we will organize, to offer you an unforgettable stay in the beautiful city of Granada.

Legume Science – special issue on Genomics

Guest Editors: Professor Timothy Close (Department of Botany & Plant Sciences, University of California, Riverside, USA) and Dr. Sateesh Kagale (National Research Council Canada, Saskatoon, Canada)

A special issue of the Wiley gold open-access journal Legume Science is planned for 2020. Devoted to Legume Genomics, this issue will be guest-edited by Professor Timothy Close and Dr. Sateesh Kagale. We look forward to receiving your contributions in the broad area of genomics as applied to legumes. As the journal covers all areas of Legume Science, we welcome papers on phylogenetic, ecological, nutritional, agronomic aspects of the subject in addition to the use of genome knowledge to provide biological insights and decisions related to germplasm management. We hope to receive articles in areas such as agroforestry and orphan crops. The scope of this issue will also cover new genomic and gene editing technologies and their application for legume crop improvement.

The issue will include original research articles and reviews. We also welcome papers that present new databases, tools and methods. The instructions for Legume Science authors, including details of article types, can be found at:

Manuscripts should be submitted at:

Please submit your manuscripts, indicating their destination for the Special Issue on Genomics, by the 31st of October 2020. The Guest Editors should be contacted for questions about the suitability of an envisaged manuscript ( ,

8th International Legume Root Diseases workshop (ILRD8) postponed to October 06-07th, 2020, Rennes, France

Due to the covid-19 pandemic, the 8th International Legume Root Diseases Workshop (ILRD8), to be held in Agrocampus-Ouest, Rennes, France, is postponed to October 06-07th, 2020.

Abstract submission deadline for oral presentations extended to June 1st, 2020 !

Registrations open and abstract submission for posters until August 1st, 2020 !

Updated information on the ILRD8 website:

For any questions, contact:

We look forward to meeting you at the workshop in October !