Year of Pulses

Changed on: 03.11.2016

Beans, peas, lentils ...

Pulses are those types of papilionaceous, which grow for the production of dry grains for food and feed.



Pulses are a vital source of plant-based proteins and amino acids for people around the globe and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet to address obesity, as well as to prevent and help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary conditions and cancer; they are also an important source of plant-based protein for animals. 


Soil and climate

Legumes and pulses do not require nitrogen fertilisers as they produce nitrogen themselves. Pulses and legumes leave a minute ecological footprint with regards to both carbon dioxide emissions and water usage.


The European Phaseolus Database

The database contains passport data of the Phaseolus collections maintained in European genebanks. Additionally also Characterization data and photos are partly available.It is maintained by the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety  (AGES) in Linz, Austria.


Monthly Pulse - April: Lupine

The Lupine is one of the first pulses, which can already grow in mid-March to mid-April. It is considered a domestic alternative to soy and other vegetable protein sources.


Monthly Pulse - May: Soy

Worldwide, the soybean is the most economically important legume. It accounts for 60 % of the oil seeds and is an important source of protein in animal feed and for human consumption.


Hülsenfrucht des Monats Juni: Erbsen

Die Erbse zählt zu den ersten Hülsenfrüchten im Jahr,  die geerntet werden können. Sie war neben Linsen und den Getreidearten  Emmer, Einkorn und Gerste bereits Grundnahrungsmittel bei den ältesten Ackerbauern Mitteleuropas.