News from Science & Technology: Another agricultural focus for UN International Year

Dec 09, 2015 · Kristine Stacy-Bates

As the fall semester comes to a close, a new calendar year approaches. Each year, the United Nations General Assembly selects one or more areas of international focus; and research, conversation and action concentrate on the chosen theme.??

The UN declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses.?Not in the sense of surges of energy or heartbeats, but the group of legume crops such as dried beans and peas, used for food purposes mainly other than oil.? American societies marking the International Year of Pulses include the Crop Science Society of America and the American Pulse Association, and the United Nations gives more details on the International Year of Pulses 2016 site.? ISU Library resources on pulses include the Codex Alimentarius - Cereals, Pulses, Legumes and Vegetable Proteins and numerous books from legume research to bean recipes.? Many other pulse resources can be identified though ISU Library subscriptions to agricultural databases such as CAB Abstracts.

Didn?t get quite enough information about the 2015 International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies??Check out The Wonders of Light by Marta Garc?a-Matos and Llu?s Torner at Parks Library call number QC355.3 G37x 2015.