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Dry edible bean breeding greenhouse – it's a jungle in there



Dr. Carlos Urrea, UNL dry edible bean breeding specialist (left), and research technician Eduardo Valentin Cruzado tend to the 800 varieties of dry beans taking over the bean greenhouse at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center.

It looks like a jungle this spring in the greenhouse used by Dr. Carlos Urrea, dry edible bean breeding specialist at the UNL Panhandle Research and Extension Center, and his crew.

About 800 different dry bean varieties, planted in December in individual pots, are growing like crazy – far above the typical height in Panhandle bean fields. Some are 18 to 20 feet tall, vining their way up wood dowels, twine, and into the greenhouse ceiling structure.

The bean seeds come from the core collection of CIAT, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture. Urrea keeps seeds from each of the li...

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