Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)
|Throughout the world, common bean is rated as the most important pulse crop, providing proteins complementary to cereals and other carbohydrate-rich foods, and is a source of many health benefits, e.g. soluble fiber and anti-oxidants.1)
The Phaseolus Germplasm Collection was developed to meet the mission of the USDA-ARS National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) to acquire, maintain, evaluate, document and distribute germplasm in order to aid scientists in improving the quality and productivity of crops. The collection is housed at the Western Regional Plant Introduction Station, in Pullman, Washington.
The Phaseolus Genetic Stock CollectionA special division of the Phaseolus collection has been created to emphasize the genetic analyses and studies of common bean. The Phaseolus Genetic Stock Collection contains 4 subsets of bean accessions:
1) Common Bean Improvement in the Twenty-First Century; Shree P. Singh (ed.); Kluwer Academic Publishers, Norwell, MA; 1999.