Dry Bean Research Returns Good Worldwide Economic Value

A Kansas State University Study on the impacts of international ag research at U.S. universities featured the work done by NDSU’s Dry Bean Department. A legume innovation lab project led by North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences dry bean breeder Juan Osorno and bean genomicist Phil McClean led research efforts in Guatemala for the genetic improvement of climbing beans in the western highlands of Guatemala. The research has been deemed a “game changer” in the bean value chain in southern Africa by developing bruchid resistant varieties that will improve food safety in the region by offering a new product that can be stored safely for longer periods of time without losing quality.