By J. R. Witcombe (auth.), John R. Witcombe, William Erskine (eds.)

Chickpeas, faba beans and lentils are very important pulse plants within the Mediterranean regi on and Mi ddl e East, the place thei r hello gh protei n seed nutritionally supplement cereal grain within the human vitamin. The by-products of those vegetation function a helpful feed for animals. because of their skill to mend atmospheric nitrogen, the inclusion of those plants within the cropping method is helping within the upkeep of the productiveness of the soil and decreases the dependence of the farmer on fertilizer nitrogen to grasp strong yields. Being the positioning of unique domestication of those legumes, the Fertile Crescent is bel ieved to own their titanic genetic variety. so that it will hinder the erosion of this genetic di'/ersity and to maintain it for posterity, it is crucial significant attempt is made for its expeditious assortment, evaluate, documentation and secure garage. The overseas heart for Agricultural learn within the Dry components (ICARDA) being situated within the Fertile Crescent has, inside its mandate, the accountability to behave as an international centre for the paintings at the genetic assets of kabuli chickpeas, faba beans and lentils. The overseas Board of Plant Genetic assets (IBPGR) has been strongly assisting ICARDA during this very important activity.

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In the case of loss of seed of accessions the most likely source of replacement seed is known. The Egyptian national lentil collection was added to the international lentil collection in 1972. Since that date some accessions have been lost by the national program. A listing of accessions in the international lentil collection originating from Egypt helps identify those accessions to be sent back to Egypt to replenish the national collection. The degree of duplication in the collection can be identified by performing an alphanumeric sort on the collection (pedigree) number and the donor number.

The RH achieved by a cold store which is not deliberately designed to be maintained at low RH will depend on, amongst others: i. Moisture permeability of the cold room. ii. iii. Number of door openings, product load and load from people in the store. Ambient temperature and RH. iv. Heat insulation. The poorer the heat insulation the more likely the RH is to be low, since poor insulation is equivalent to reheat. v. e. • Seed Drying and Seed Storage Facilities The running costs of dehumidifying a cold store The cost of running a dehumidified cold store is touched upon in Cromarty et 3 al.

A cost comparison of static and mobile shelving systems Since the cost of cold stores does not increase linearly with volume it is better to calculate the advantage / disadvantage of mobile and static shelves by considering a fixed size of room and calculating the respective cost per It can be seen in the following example that the cost per accession accession. is reduced by around 22% with mobile shelving. 1. 38 Seed Drying and Seed Storage Facilities 33 2. 13 This cost saving will always apply if mobile shelving costs about twice as much static shelving, and mobile shelving costs are about 20% of that of the cold store.

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