<u>Sesbania</u>, a member of the legume family, has been the object of study in new efforts to discover, conserve, and use plant genetic resources. This volume brings together the most recent research on the subject and combines it with previous studies and an extensive review of the literature. This work is a synthesis of biological description and applied studies related to the highly variable and versatile <u>Sesbania</u> species. <u>Sesbania</u> occurs in both annual and perennial forms in tropical and subtropical regions and is adaptable to an unusually wide variety of soil conditions, including saline. The most important uses of the plants are in nitrogen fixation (as in green manures) and in cropping systems. Auxiliary uses of the different species are as sources for pulp fibers, fuel wood, animal fodder, and wind-breaks.
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Botany of Sesbania -- Sesbania Species as Green Manures for Rice -- Sesbania Species as Green Manures for Upland Crops -- Edaphic Tolerances of Sesbania Species and Their Use for Soil Reclamation -- Agricultural Uses of Perennial Sesbania Species -- Sesbania Species as Pulp Fiber Resources -- Sesbania Species as Sources of Gums -- Nutritive Value of Sesbania Materials -- Folklore and Medicinal Uses of Sesbania Species -- Rhizobium Relationships with Sesbania -- Sesbania Species as Weeds -- Insect Pests and Plant Pathogens Affecting Sesbania Species
Dale O. Evans is research affiliate. Department of Agronomy and Soil Science, at the University of Hawaii. Peter P. Rotar is professor of agronomy at the same institution.