The Legume Futures Book: The preparation of "Legumes in Cropping Systems" from the Legume Futures consortium is now in its final stage and our publisher CABI is commencing marketing.
The aim of this book is to bring together a range of overview articles that support understanding of the role and potential of legumes in European cropping systems. We have taken an inclusive approach. The book is based on articles volunteered by the members of the Legume Futures consortium and from several guest authors. Each chapter is self-contained but the book as a whole has been coordinated by the editors to support a continum between chapters and to help make it be more than the sum of its parts. More than sixty authors have contributed to 15 chapters.
The main audience is the general academic sector, agricultural professionals, those advising policy-makers, students, teachers, professional intermediaries between agricultural research and practice. The book is not aimed at instructing farm practice but we expect that the agricultural community is also an audience. Most importantly, the aim of each chapter is to empower the reader with understanding that supports independent decision-making. Chapters synthesise and explain issues around the development of these cropping systems. Preparations included external peer review of each chapter and an intensive editing process to bring coherence to the book. This is now being completed and the book with be published later this year to coincide with the United Nations International Year of Pulses.
The book will be published by CABI. CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. The editors see CABI's public-good business model as important for the aims of the book which is to support wider understanding of the potential of legume crops and contribute to agricultural development for the benefit of all.