A three day conference at École supérieure d’agricultures Angers, France, on 27-29 May 2020.

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In this, the second conference of our Legumes series, we plan to bring together individuals from a broad spectrum
of disciplines to explore the role of legumes in sustainable agriculture, with an emphasis on ecosystem services.
Legumes have the potential to play a substantial role in sustainable agriculture, as a resource for pollinators and birds, in intercropping regimes, providing break crops in rotations, enhancing soil nitrogen levels, accessing soil phosphorous and promoting soil biodiversity. The overall GHG emissions associated with legume foods are low, the products are highly nutritious, and many raw legumes products can be readily stored for long periods without spoilage, so their role in sustainable food production and security is also growing.

Based in the western Loire valley we anticipate that delegates will be able to deepen their understanding of the topics, expand their networks, and enjoy late spring weather in the spectacular medieval city of Angers and surroundings. A public event (in French) will also be held locally in collaboration with Terres des Science in order to maximise the local impact of the conference.

Broad topics are expected to include:

• Legumes in semi-natural systems
• Biodiversity and legumes, including soils
• Nutrient cycling
• Pollination
• Legumes uses and future market perspectives
• Field to market – legume food systems
• Pests and diseases
• Quality traits and breeding in relation to end use
• Legumes in future farming systems

Invited speakers include:

  • Alain Baranger (INRA, France)
  • Christine Watson (SRUC, Aberdeen)
  • Bertrand Pinel (Terrena, France)

Offers in the form of a short summary/abstract should be submitted by 2nd December 2019.

Accepted papers/posters will be published in the Aspects of Applied Biology series and available as part of the
conference pack. Primary authors of accepted papers will be notified by session organisers by 20th December 2019 and sent instructions for the papers (6–8 pages for platform and 2–6 pages for poster presentations).
Descriptions of papers can be submitted by mailing or faxing the attached sheet to the AAB Office, or online via
our web site at http://www.aab.org.uk. Hover over ‘Conferences’ in the main menu and click on ‘Submit an Abstract’
from the drop-down list. This will take you to our Abstract Submission form where you can enter your contact details
and upload your abstract as a word document. Please indicate if your offer is for a poster or a platform presentation.
Alternatively, you can send your abstract to John Andrews at the AAB Office: john@aab.org.uk

  • Deadline for submission of offers is 2nd December 2019
  • Deadline for submission of full manuscripts (all papers and posters) for publication is 14th February 2020