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Leguminosae and Homo sapiens

Duane Isely
Economic Botany
Vol. 36, No. 1 (Jan. - Mar., 1982), pp. 46-70
Published by: Springer on behalf of New York Botanical Garden Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4254350
Page Count: 25
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Abstract

The legume plant family and its present role in agriculture are described. Critical agricultural problems in the immediate future may center about the maintenance of soil nitrogen supplies, a consequence of spiraling costs of fertilizers, and the need to improve the quantity and quality of protein in high-population countries. Unexploited legumes, if developed through research, may be of major importance in agriculture's response to this challenge.

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