Special Issue "Legumes: Advances in Breeding, Productivity and Quality"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Crop Production".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Mariola Staniak
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Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation – State Research Institute in Puławy, Poland
Interests: abiotic stress; agronomy; biodiversity; grasses; feed value; legumes; crop production; organic farming; plant physiology; sustainable agriculture; weed control
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Dr. Anna Kocira
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Guest Editor
Institute of Agricultural Sciences, State School of Higher Education in Chełm, Pocztowa 54, 22-100 Chełm, Poland
Interests: abiotic stress; biostimulants; crop production; plant physiology; nutritional and nutraceutical quality; weed control
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Special Issue Information

Legumes (Fabaceae family) are an important part of a sustainable farming system due to their wide use for food and feed purposes and their beneficial effect on the soil environment. Seeds are an important source of protein, starch, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Their importance is particularly high in developing countries, where legume products often form the basis of nutrition. Therefore, this group of plants can provide a solution for global food and nutrition security. In addition to their use for food and feed, legumes have the ability to fix nitrogen through symbiosis with nodule bacteria, which is of great economic and ecological importance.

The yield potential of legumes is high, but they show high yield variability depending on agrotechnical and habitat factors, especially weather. Additionally, the chemical composition of seeds can change in response to various factors. The main limitations in legume seed production and quality are related to abiotic stresses (temperature, drought, salinity) and disease and pest pressure, but also insufficient biological and breeding progress.

The purpose of this Special Issue of Agriculture is to bring together original research and review articles describing new issues and recent developments in legumes. Potential topics include, among others:

  • Varietal and agrotechnical progress;
  • Production in various farming systems;
  • Biological nitrogen fixation;
  • Forecrop value and soil quality;
  • Response to biotic and abiotic stresses;
  • Seed quality, nutritional and fodder value;
  • Food and feed safety;
  • Crop profitability and economic aspects.

Prof. Dr. Mariola Staniak
Dr. Anna Kocira
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agriculture is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • legumes
  • soybean
  • seed production
  • nitrogen fixation
  • varietal progress
  • biotic and abiotic stress
  • farming systems
  • fodder value
  • food and feed safety
  • forecrop quality
  • profitability of legume cultivation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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