Welcome to BeanCAP

Common beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) are consumed by humans more than any other legume crop. The health benefits from eating beans are numerous and include reducing the cholesterol and sugar levels in blood which prevent or alleviate certain types of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Diets rich in zinc and iron, two micronutrients abundant in bean, can delay the onset of AIDS and as such, HIV positive patients are encouraged to include beans in their diets. Recently research has shown that beans significantly reduce the onset of breast cancer colon cancer, and biomarkers for heart disease risk.

In the US, multiple dry bean market classes are grown and sold throughout the world. These include pinto, navy, great northern, black, kidney, and snap beans. The Common Bean Coordinated Agricultural Project (BeanCAP) will strengthen the bean research, education, and extension communities by focusing on the genetics and genomics aspects of nutrition in this important food crop.

BeanCAP News

  • Julie Garden-Robinson of NDSU Extension Service has introduced a new handout with easy tips to rehydrate and use dry beans. "Pinchin' Pennie$ in the Kitchen: 7 Steps to Using Dry Beans" is available at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/foods/fn1701.pdf.
  • Dr. Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist, and Stacy Wang, Extension Associate at North Dakota State University Extension Service received the Nutrition Education Award at the North Dakota Nutrition Council Annual Conference in Bismarck on May 7, 2013. Their project, “Spillin’ the Beans”, highlights an ongoing nutrition education and gardening project for children and parents conducted in North Dakota. Well done Julie and Stacy.
  • Julie Garden-Robinson, Food and Nutrition Specialist at North Dakota State University has just completed a 81-page document on Dry Edible Bean and Snap Bean Recipes, Nutrition Information and Tips entitled 'Spillin' the Beans!'. More...
  • Jim Kelly has been breeding new varieties of beans for more than 30 years. During a trip to Rwanda 10 years ago with MSU graduate student Gerardine Mukeshimana—a native of the country—he saw a way he could help farmers there. Please see MSU Presidents's Report - Rwanda: http://report.president.msu.edu/360/rwanda/