Lathyrus – a new grain legume

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  • Published: 1 Jan 2000

  • Author(s): Cocks, Philip, Siddique, Kadambot, Hanbury, Colin

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This project formed part of an integrated program with GRDC and ICARDA to introduce Lathyrus and Vicia to the wheat belt of Western Australia.

Australian agriculture has drawn heavily on germplasm from the Mediterranean basin. For example, many farming systems are based on subterranean clover, the annual medics and lupins, all of which come from the region. Subterranean clover and lupins are well adapted to sandy soils of low pH and the medics to fine textured soils of high pH. However, we recognise that there is a need for pulses in particular, for fine textured soils of low to high pH. It is this niche to which Lathyrus seems well adapted.