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Beans

Including snake beans, broad beans.

Links

The following links have been provided for general information. The particulars of growing these crops successfully will vary depending on your location, especially with respect to pests and diseases and their treatment. If in doubt, check with local authorities for current information on permissable pesticides, and always follow directions on the label of any products you may purchase. (see also Pests and Diseases).

More general information about vegetable growing, especially in tropical and subtropical conditions here: Vegetables

Green beans Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Qld
Production of fresh beans Department of Primary Industries, Victoria
Easy Gardening...Green Beans Texas A&M University
Phaseolus Beans - Notes Purdue University, USA
Phaseolus vulgaris L. Purdue University, USA
Beans An overview of several Phaseolus species (other than green bean) Purdue University
Chapter 4: Legumes and Some Relatives - Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) from: Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants, United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service
Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants A handbook available online at Agricultural Research Service, USA website (PDF). Legumes in Chapter 4
Snap Bean Jefferson Farm & Gardens, Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute, Missouri (PDF)
Growing Beans in the Home Vegetable Garden Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service (PDF)
Phaseolus lunatus Ecocrop database, Food and Agriculture Organization
Lima Bean Jefferson Farm & Gardens, Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute, Missouri (PDF)
Chapter 4: Legumes and Some Relatives - Broad bean and feld bean (Vicia faba) from: Insect Pollination Of Cultivated Crop Plants, United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service
Bean fly (Ophiomyia phaseoli) Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Qld
Green beans 2: Chewing pests Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Qld
Green beans 3: Sucking pests Dept Primary Industries & Fisheries, Qld
Bean fly Ophiomyia phaseoli Queensland DPI
Bean spider mite Tetranychus ludeni Queensland DPI
Bean podborer Maruca vitrata (Maruca testulalis, mung moth)
(Heliothis armigera, Helicoverpa punctigera) French bean is affected. Qld Dept of Primary Industries
Bean Anthracnose Colletotrichum lindemuthianum Cornell University Cooperative Extension New York State
Soil-borne diseases of beans NSW Department of Primary Industries
Production of Fresh Beans Victoria Department of Primary Industries
Effect of Light Intensity on Snap Bean Performance Subtropical Plant Science (Journal of the Rio Grande Valley Horticultural Society)
Used Fishing Net As Vine Support for French Bean Food & Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific region

Snake beans and relatives
Snake Bean Dept of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines, Northern Territory (PDF)
Growing Healthy Snake Beans Plant Industries NT Newsletter, June 2011 (PDF)
Growing Snake Beans in the Top End Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines, Northern Territory (PDF)
Grafting Snake Beans to Control Fusarium Wilt Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines, Northern Territory (PDF)
Loofahs, gourds, melons and snake beans Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation, Australia (PDF)
Yard Long Bean in Exotic Crops Production in Hawaii, University of Hawaii
Southern peas thrive in summer gardens University of Florida (PDF)
Cowpea Alternative Field Crops Manual, at the Center for New Crops & Plant Products website
Cowpea Jefferson Farm & Gardens, Thomas Jefferson Agricultural Institute, Missouri (PDF)
Vigna unguiculata Tropical Forages

Winged beans
Winged Bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) Qld Govt factsheet available at the Rare Fruit Council of Australia website (PDF)
Winged Bean University of Hawaii at Manoa (PDF)
Wondrous Wing Beans Hawaii Gardening
Growing the Winged Bean Gardening with Wilson, Singapore
Winged bean a crop for small farmers in Chronica Horticulturae, International Society for Horticultural Science, 1979 (PDF)
Winged Beans On A Fence , Flowers & Fruits at the Gardening Dream Inspire blog, Singapore

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News

Nodulation - not just for legumes?

Scientists have tested various non-leguminous plants to a chemical signal from rhizobia bacteria and found that the same inhibition of immune response as occurs in legumes. Perhaps a mechanism also exists for form nodules. If a way could be found to activate it, perhaps tomatoes or corn might one day be engineered to fix nitrogen like beans and peas. Source: First Step to Reduce Plant Need for Nitrogen Fertilizer Uncovered in Science Study (September 2013)

Legumes invite rhizobial bacteria in

Some more light has been shed on the special relationship between nitrogen-fixing bacteria and their legume hosts through recent UK research. After recognising a signal from the bacterium, the plant actually allows controlled access by supplying enzymes that break down the plant cell walls, guiding it to the correct cells for nodule formation. Source: Legumes give nitrogen-supplying bacteria special access pass (December 2011)


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