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Establishing the international mungbean improvement network

This project aims to build a successful network that will attract new members and investors to mungbean research and be sustainable when the project is finished.
Mungbean (Vigna radiata), also called green gram, is an important food and cash crop in South and Southeast Asian rice-based farming systems. Short crop duration, low input requirement and high global demand make mungbean an ideal rotation crop for smallholder rice farmers. It benefits farmers in three ways: it adds to their additional income, it is a nutrient-rich food, and it makes soil more fertile. There has been little interest, however, in creating more varieties of mungbean or improving it, so the crop has a narrow genetic base and cannot cope with emerging pests, diseases and seasonal variability. This makes it difficult to grow both in South and Southeast Asian countries and in Australia.
By developing mungbean, the International Mungbean Improvement Network and its outcomes will make farms more productive and increase farmers' livelihoods. The network will co-ordinate and perform research resulting in the development and release of new mungbean varieties. Wide adoption of these new varieties will make smallholder farms more profitable and local production systems more sustainable.