Scientist: Pete Ianetta

Pietro Ianetta ESMH ScientistPet Ianetta is a Molecular biologist/Agroecologist: undertaking research on crop and wild arable species and their symbionts; aiming to understand the biology and ecology underpinning their performance, persistence, co-existence and values in the face of land-use and environmental change. These interests also extend to applied research in native seed science and biotechnology. His interests are focused on the utility of legumes in production and semi-natural systems. He is currently coordinator of two EU Horizon 2020 projects.

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Pete Iannetta about Legumes popularity

A scientist’s opinion : Interview with Pete Ianetta about Legumes popularity

Legumes are healthy foods in their own right, which also help to improve soil quality. Nevertheless, grain legumes account for only 1-4% of crop rotation. Pete Iannetta, a molecular ecologist at the James Hutton Institute, believes the humble bean might be the key to a more holistic and caring society.

Bean there, done that : why we should eat more beans and legumes in general

Bean there, done that : why we should eat more beans and legumes in general

The world needs more protein, but animal-based protein intake is by no means sustainable. Legumes are a good alternative to meat and thanks to their biological nitrogen fixation capacities, they also benefit the environment.