Table III.

Importance of legumes in agriculture

High protein food for humans and animals
Reduce N fertilizer requirements
Provide N for rotations and intercrops
Enhance soil health
Reclamation of acid soils
Improve P cycling
Improve disease and pest control
Weed control as cover crops
Provide diversity and beauty
Phytofiltration
Enhance carbon sequestration

Adapted from Peoples et al. (1995) and Graham and Vance (2000).