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Peer-Reviewed Literature on Grain Legume Species in the WoS (1980–2018): A Comparative Analysis of Soybean and Pulses


  • Marie-Benoît Magrini

    () (AGIR, INRA, Université de Toulouse, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France)

  • Guillaume Cabanac

    () (IRIT, Université de Toulouse, 31062 Toulouse, France)

  • Matteo Lascialfari

    () (AGIR, INRA, Université de Toulouse, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France)

  • Gael Plumecocq

    () (AGIR, INRA, Université de Toulouse, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France)

  • Marie-Josephe Amiot

    () (MOISA, CIRAD, CIHEAM-IAAM, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro, Université Montpellier, 34060 Montpellier, France)

  • Marc Anton

    () (BIA, INRA, 44000 Nantes, France)

  • Gaelle Arvisenet

    () (CSGA, AgroSup Dijon, CNRS, INRA, Université Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France)

  • Alain Baranger

    () (IGEPP, INRA, Agrocampus-Ouest, Université Rennes 1, 35653 Le Rheu, France)

  • Laurent Bedoussac

    () (AGIR, INRA, ENSFEA, Université de Toulouse, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France)

  • Jean-Michel Chardigny

    () (DPTI, INRA, 75338 Paris, France)

  • Gérard Duc

    () (Agroecologie, INRA, AgroSup Dijon, Université Bourgogne France-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France)

  • Marie-Hélène Jeuffroy

    () (Agronomie, INRA, AgroparisTech, Université Paris-Saclay, 78850 Thiverval-Grignon, France)

  • Etienne-Pascal Journet

    () (AGIR, INRA, Université de Toulouse, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France
    LIPM, Université de Toulouse, INRA, CNRS, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France)

  • Hervé Juin

    () (EASM, INRA, 17700 Surgères, France)

  • Colette Larré

    () (BIA, INRA, 44000 Nantes, France)

  • Hugues Leiser

    () (IST, INRA, 84140 Avignon, France)

  • Valérie Micard

    () (IATE, INRA, Montpellier SupAgro, CIRAD, Université Montpellier, 34060 Montpellier, France)

  • Dominique Millot

    () (Agroecologie, INRA, AgroSup Dijon, Université Bourgogne France-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France)

  • Marie-Laure Pilet-Nayel

    () (IGEPP, INRA, Agrocampus-Ouest, Université Rennes 1, 35653 Le Rheu, France)

  • Christophe Nguyen-Thé

    () (SQPOV, INRA, 84140 Avignon, France)

  • Tristan Salord

    () (AGIR, INRA, Université de Toulouse, 31326 Castanet-Tolosan, France)

  • Anne-Sophie Voisin

    () (Agroecologie, INRA, AgroSup Dijon, Université Bourgogne France-Comté, 21000 Dijon, France)

  • Stéphane Walrand

    () (INRA, UNH, Unité de Nutrition Humaine, CRNH Auvergne, Université Clermont Auvergne, 63001 Clermont-Ferrand, France)

  • Jacques Wery

    () (ICARDA, Ismail El-Shaaer Building, Maadi 11728, Egypt)


Grain-legume crops are important for ensuring the sustainability of agrofood systems. Among them, pulse production is subject to strong lock-in compared to soya, the leading worldwide crop. To unlock the situation and foster more grain-legume crop diversity, scientific research is essential for providing new knowledge that may lead to new development. Our study aimed to evaluate whether research activity on grain-legumes is also locked in favor of soya. Considering more than 80 names grouped into 19 main grain-legume species, we built a dataset of 107,823 scholarly publications (articles, book, and book chapters) between 1980 and 2018 retrieved from the Web of Science (Clarivate Analytics) reflecting the research activity on grain-legumes. We delineated 10 scientific themes of interest running the gamut of agrofood research (e.g., genetics, agronomy, and nutrition). We indexed grain-legume species, calculated the percentage of records for each one, and conducted several analyses longitudinally and by country. Globally, we found an unbalanced research output: soya remains the main crop studied, even in the promising field of food sciences advanced by FAO as the “future of pulses”. Our results raise questions about how to align research priorities with societal demand for more crop diversity.

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  • Marie-Benoît Magrini & Guillaume Cabanac & Matteo Lascialfari & Gael Plumecocq & Marie-Josephe Amiot & Marc Anton & Gaelle Arvisenet & Alain Baranger & Laurent Bedoussac & Jean-Michel Chardigny & Géra, 2019. "Peer-Reviewed Literature on Grain Legume Species in the WoS (1980–2018): A Comparative Analysis of Soybean and Pulses," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 11(23), pages 1-37, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:11:y:2019:i:23:p:6833-:d:293058

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