Grains Legumes in Australia

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publication Date


Conference Title

Proceedings of the Fourth Australian Agronomy Conference 1987


The Regional Institutute

Place of Publication

Erina, NSW


Farming Systems, Legumes


This review considers the current status of several species of grain legume (pulse crops) in Australia. The species are the winter growing temperate Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum), Faba beans (Vicia faba), Lentils (Lens culinaris), Lupins (mainly Lupinus angustifolius but also includes L. albus) and Peas (Pisum sativum); and the summer growing tropical and semi-tropical species, Cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata), Mung beans (Vigna mungo and V. radiata), Phaseolus beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) and Pigeon peas (Cajanus cajan). The oil-bearing legumes, soyabean and peanuts, are not discussed but many of the comments will also apply to them.


Invited Review