Culinary and nutritional quality of Phaseolus vulgaris seeds as affected by environmental factors

J. Kigel


Efficient selection for specific culinary and nutritional quality traits needs a better understanding of the genetic and environmental control of quality traits at the structural, physiological and biochemical levels. Field experiments indicate great variability in the Phaseolus gene pool regarding the content of antinutritional compounds, as well as in cooking characteristics of the seeds. These seed attributes are strongly affected by geographic location, edaphic and climatic conditions at site of cultivation. However, information on the influence of specific environmental factors (such as temperature, water availability, edaphic conditions, etc.) on seed quality traits, as well as on their stability is very scarce. This lack of knowledge impairs a faster progress in the improvement of Phaseolus seed quality.


kidney-beans; phaseolus-vulgaris; nutritive-value; environmental-factors; leguminosae; papilionoideae; phaseolus; plant-products; quality; vegetables

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