Calidad de la proteína de las leguminosas grano: Un tema candente

Translated title of the contribution: Grain legume protein quality: A hot subject

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Grain legumes, also called pulses, play a key role in the nutritional improvement of food and feed. These legumes are important sources of protein as well as other nutritional compounds. Today, protein is one of the most sought after ingredients in the market and grain legumes represent one of the most sustainable protein sources. However, not all grain legume proteins are nutritionally equal. Their quality varies and depends on their amino acid composition and digestibility. In this article, we review concepts related to grain legume protein quality and discuss challenges regarding their genetic improvement. A comprehensive database of grain legume amino acid profiles and protein digestibility is needed to address the matter of protein quality in grain legume breeding. This database will be enhanced by quantitative information on digestibility-reducing bioactive compounds and the development of reliable screening tools. The achievement of higher protein quality grain legume varieties, better adjusted to animal and human requirements, will cut dietary protein content, associated costs and nitrogen excretion, thus reducing the environmental impact.

Translated title of the contributionGrain legume protein quality: A hot subject
Original languageSpanish
Article numbera314
Issue number779
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Amino acids
  • Anti-nutritional factors
  • Digestibility
  • Grain legumes
  • Protein quality


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