Lima Bean Forum #1
(December 11, 2012)
Lima bean growers, processors, field personnel and scientists from University of Delaware and University of Maryland including breeders, pathologists, entomologists and weed biologists, came together on December 11, 2012 for the first Lima Bean Forum under the umbrella of the SCRI project. There were more than 40 lima bean growers, processors, scouts and industry people present at this first Forum. The day was hosted at The Carvel Center in Georgetown, DE, and consisted of talks scheduled by hosts Dr. Gordon Johnson (co-PI) and Emmalea Ernest (co-PI). Topics included all things lima bean, from genetic resources to economics, pests to pathogens, cultural practices including irrigation management to beneficial rhizobial bacterial species. Before lunch, Dr. Johnson conducted an electronic Survey of the Lima Bean Industry, including research needs and industry concerns; these surveys will be performed annually and will help to drive our SCRI grant in the most productive directions. After lunch, Emmalea Ernest conducted a Baby and Fordhook Lima Bean Evaluation via visual assessment of breeding lines from frozen samples.