Sources for Further Study

Couplan, Francois. The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants of North America. New Canaan, Conn.: Keats, 1998. The section on legumes details food values of fifty-five important genera that grow in North America.

Crisp, M. D., and J. J. Doyle, eds. Phylogeny.Vol. 7in Advances in Legume Systematics. Kew, England: The Royal Botanic Gardens, 1999. This volume concentrates on various aspects of the systematics of legume biology. Each of the edited volumes in the set includes a series of papers written by experts in a particular aspect of legume taxonomy and classification.

Duke, James A. Handbook of Legumes of World Economic Importance. New York: Plenum Press, 1981. Includes brief summaries of all of the world's economically important legumes, with special emphasis on the pulses and fodder legumes.

National Research Council. Tropical Legumes: Resources for the Future. Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Sciences, 1979. A summary of the uses of all of the most important tropical legumes in the world.

Smartt, J., and N. W. Simmonds, eds. Evolution of Crop Plants. London: Longman Scientific and Technical Press, 1995. Includes a good history of the use of legumes as crop and fodder plants.

Vaughan, J. G., and C. Geissler. The New Oxford Book of Food Plants. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997. This well-written and well-illustrated book provides a good introduction to the world of legumes as food plants. Topical coverage includes sections about exotic legumes, runner beans and French beans, peas and lentils, and similar topics.

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