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dc.contributor.authorReckling Men
dc.contributor.authorDoring TFen
dc.contributor.authorBergkvist Gen
dc.contributor.authorStoddard FLen
dc.contributor.authorWatson CAen
dc.contributor.authorSeddig Sen
dc.contributor.authorChmielewski F-Men
dc.contributor.authorBachinger Jen
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-08T09:02:07Z
dc.date.available2018-11-08T09:02:07Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.citation38:63en
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1007/s13593-018-0541-3
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11262/11547
dc.description.abstractGrain legumes produce high-quality protein for food and feed, and potentially contribute to sustainable cropping systems, but they are grown on only 1.5% of European arable land. Low temporal yield stability is one of the reasons held responsible for the low proportion of grain legumes, without sufficient quantitative evidence. The objective of this study was to compare the yield stability of grain legumes with other crop species in a northern European context and accounting for the effects of scale in the analysis and the data. To avoid aggregation biases in the yield data, we used data from long-term field experiments. The experiments included grain legumes (lupin, field pea, and faba bean), other broad-leaved crops, spring, and winter cereals. Experiments were conducted in the UK, Sweden, and Germany. To compare yield stability between grain legumes and other crops, we used a scale-adjusted yield stability indicator that accounts for the yield differences between crops following Taylor’s Power Law. Here, we show that temporal yield instability of grain legumes (30%) was higher than that of autumn-sown cereals (19%), but lower than that of other spring-sown broad-leaved crops (35%), and only slightly greater than spring-sown cereals (27%). With the scale-adjusted yield stability indicator, we estimated 21% higher yield stability for grain legumes compared to a standard stability measure. These novel findings demonstrate that grain legume yields are as reliable as those of other spring-sown crops in major production systems of northern Europe, which could influence the current negative perception on grain legume cultivation. Initiatives are still needed to improve the crops agronomy to provide higher and more stable yields in future.en
dc.description.sponsorshipBBSRC grant no.: BB/M01818/1 (Climate Café)en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.isformatof14943en
dc.relation.ispartofAgronomy for Sustainable Developmenten
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2018 This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
dc.subjectCoefficient of variationen
dc.subjectPulsesen
dc.subjectScalingen
dc.subjectTaylor’s Power Lawen
dc.subjectYield variabilityen
dc.titleGrain legume yields are as stable as other spring crops in long-term experiments across northern Europeen
dc.typeArticleen
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rioxxterms.publicationdate2018-11-02
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-10-05
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refterms.dateDeposit2018-11-08
refterms.depositExceptionpublishedGoldOAen
refterms.depositExceptionExplanationGoldOAen
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