Grain legumes (beans, pulses and legume oilseeds) are beneficial for agriculture, environment and human nutrition.

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The LEGATO Project "LEGumes for the Agriculture of TOmorrow", project number 613551, is funded by the European Union under the FP7 Programme. The project has started in January 2014 and will finish in December 2017, and has a European contribution of 4,999,000 Euros.

LEGATO has 29 partners from eleven countries: France, UK, Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Germany, Serbia, Portugal, Poland, Austria and Sweden and includes including 9 SMEs, as well as one international institution, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (IAMZ-CIHEAM).

The project has been conceived to promote the culture of grain legumes in Europe by identifying priority issues currently limiting grain legume cultivation and devising solutions in term of novel varietal development, culture practices, and food uses. LEGATO will develop tools and resources to enable state of the art breeding methodology and to exploit fully the breadth of genetic resources available.

The overall aim of LEGATO is to contribute to the increased sustainable reintroduction of grain legumes in European cropping systems. Working on the major European grain legumes, pea, faba bean, and with specific objectives on white lupin and grass pea, the project will focus on the identification and testing of novel legume breeding lines possessing valuable characters such as disease and pest resistance and quality for human consumption.

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