Legumes

Fusarium Root Rot in Seedling Lima Beans

In May, I looked at a lima bean field in the Sacramento Valley that showed poor seedling emergence scattered throughout the field (photo 1). I sent samples to the UC Davis Plant Pathology lab and the main pathogen consistently recovered from the roots was Fusarium root rot, a fungal disease caused by Fusarium solani f. sp. phaseoli. This pathogen is specific …

Keeping Pinto Beans Away from the Dark Side

Pinto beans are good for us. They are nutritious, packed with protein and fiber. They also contain a host of micronutrients like B vitamins and folate. But being good isn’t enough for pinto beans. They also need to look good. Typically, pinto beans have a striking mottled pattern of dark and light brown. However, the beans can darken after harvesting. Consumers perceive pinto beans …

UC Riverside Scientists Decode DNA of Black-eyed Peas

UC Riverside Scientists Decode DNA of Black-eyed Peas

UC Riverside scientists have decoded the genome of black-eyed peas, offering hope for feeding Earth’s expanding Understanding the genes responsible for the peas’ drought and heat tolerance eventually could help make other crops tougher too. Black-eyed peas are small beans with dark midsections. They’ve been a global dietary staple for centuries due to their environmental toughness and exceptional nutritional qualities, …

Fusarium Wilt in Garbanzos

Fusarium Wilt in Garbanzos

A little over a month ago, I visited some contiguous garbanzo bean fields in southern San Joaquin County, at the request of the grower. The grower observed that plants were yellowing and dying (Fig. 1) and wondered what might be causing the problem. The grower did not figure that he would be able to do anything about the problem in …

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