Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 11/5/2000
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Faba bean is an important food legume crop in many parts of the world. It is also consumed by many ethnic groups in the United States. The potential growth and productivity of twenty-seven diverse genotypes of faba bean were examined in the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia (Delmarva) Region. Plants were cultivated in early spring of 1998 and in late summer of 1999. The effect of rhizobial inoculation on growth of faba bean was also examined in greenhouse and field experiments. Faba bean genotypes differed significantly in their respons to inoculation where six of the genotypes formed large clustered nodules, averaging 20 nodules per plant. Other genotypes formed small and large numbers of nodules. Most genotypes performed much better when they were grown in the fall than when they were grown in the summer. Futher studies are needed to investigate the economical and environmental potential of growing early-maturing faba bean genotypes as a cash, vegetable and/or cover crop in the Delmarva region in late summer and early fall.