Which agronomic practices increase the yield and quality of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)? A systematic review protocol

Georgia Ntatsi*, Anestis Karkanis, Fanny Tran, Dimitrios Savvas, Pietro P.M. Iannetta*

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The common bean (Phaseolous vulgaris L.) is a grain legume functionally characterized by its capacity for symbiotic of biological nitrogen fixation. As such, it does not demand the application of synthetic nitrogenous fertilizer and can offer environmental benefits as part of holistic cropping systems. While common bean commodities are highly nutritious, commercial cultivation of this crop is declining in already-industrialized countries. However, recent interest of consumers towards diets that benefit environmental and personal health has rekindled commercial interest in legumes, including the common bean. The aim of this protocol is to identify agronomic practices that are capable of increasing the yield and quality of the common bean for use as food. To address this research question, published literature will be screened for inclusion on the basis of defined eligibility criteria to ensure data sources are selected in an objective and consistent manner. Consistency checks will be carried out for the title, abstract and full texts of the literature collated. The output is expected to be a summary of the knowledge available to maximize the productivity and quality of the common bean as food. This anticipated synthesis will be of utility for a wide range of value-chain stakeholders from farmers and consumers, to research scientists and policy makers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1008
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Agronomy
  • Biological nitrogen fixation
  • Food security
  • Legume
  • Nutrition
  • Protein
  • Sustainability


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