1. Velvet bean is a vigorous, nitrogen-fixing, bushy or vining, annual plant. The vines will climb anything available and can reach 10 m or more in length. Velvet bean is somewhat drought tolerant and is an excellent green manure or cover crop with ability to suppress weeds and provide generous...
  2. -Velvet bean is grown as intercropping systems with maize,pearl millet, sorghum or sugarcane. The crop gives reliable yields in dry farming and low soil fertility conditions that do not allow the profitable cultivation of most other food legumes (Buckles et al., 1998). Velvet bean yields range...
  3. Mucuna pruriens utilis is an annual, or sometimes a short-lived perennial, climbing plant producing twining stems that usually grow around 4 metres long but can occasionally be up to 18 metres.The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and a medicine. It is cultivated in parts...
  4. Abstract, Parkinsons Disease, 2019 This review contains a critical appraisal of current knowledge about the use of beans in both animal models and patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The potential beneficial effects of beans in PD are increasingly being touted, not only in scientific journals...
  5. 2018-11-14 Despite the incredible diversity of useful plants that exist, a small handful of crops feed the majority of the world and millions of people still suffer from malnutrition and poverty. This talk will discuss some often overlooked crops that have the potential to alleviate suffering through...
  6. 1995-01-19 Echo's First Agricultural Missions Conference Echos From our Network Keeping Elephants Out of the Fields Innovations in Green Manures New Information on the Toxic Substance in Velvet Beans
  7. 1997-07-19 Lawrence Gilley in Mozambique wrote to us, wonderingwhether velvet bean leaves can be eaten by people. “Mozambicans regularly eat the leaves of cowpeas, cassava, sweet potato, amaranth and squash as well as various wild herbs. If velvet bean leaves…could be consumed and are palatable, it would be...
  8. 2018-01-30 In 2012 Biosphere Foundation in conjunction with various local community organization and LIPI (Indonesian Institute of Science) started to carry out relevant research activities. These activities included research into agricultural improvement in the farms surrounding the National Park that...
  9. 1988-12-19 I am devoting three pages to this question because velvet bean is generating so much interest and the pressure to use it for human food is considerable. The multiple uses of velvet bean (Mucuna pruriens) as a green manure plant, for weed and erosion control and for moisture conservation has been...
  10. Bush forms of Mucuna pruriens grow rapidly, but have a more compact growth habit than vining types. The leaves are large and trifoliate with lateral leaflets 7–15 cm long, 5–12 cm wide. Flowers are light purple or white, resulting in pods 4-13 cm in length. Wild forms of M. pruriens have pods...