Enhancing the economic potential of beans using Vicia faba L. crop performance and the use of air-classified grain components in animal feeds and brewing

Pietro P. M. Iannetta, Euan K. James, Cathy Hawes, Laura Lopez del Egido, Alison Karley, Oluyinka Olukosi, Jos Houdijk, Viv Crampton, Martin Moench, Gabriele Palomba, Jacopo Ianieri, Fergus Clark, Ken Duncan, Geoff R. Squire, Gavin Ramsay, Graeme Walker

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    Abstract

    Research at the James Hutton Institute's Centre for Sustainable Cropping (CSC) shows biological nitrogen fixation by faba beans (Vicia faba L.) is maximal under low input, non-inversion tillage with compost incorporated. Increasing bean protein production efficiency is being investigated with respect to rhizobial diversity and through development of the supply chain. Powdered faba bean kernels are fractionated into bean-protein and -starch concentrates (BPC and BSC, respectively) using "air-classification". BPC can displace soya and fishmeal in salmon-feed without impacting fish growth, feed efficiency or health. BSC performed well in poultry- and pig-feeds and has significant socio-economic potential in brewing.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)21-23
    Number of pages3
    JournalLegume Perspectives
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

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