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Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2009-03-05 11:38 UTC (manoela.miranda@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2012-06-15 21:08 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2012-06-15 21:09 UTC (dina.abdelhakim@cbd.int)

Organism information
Scientific name
Vicia faba
Taxonomic Classification
SpeciesVicia faba
Common name(s)
Broad Bean
Tick Bean
Windsor Bean
Horse Bean
Pigeon Bean
Field Bean
Additional Classification
Type of organism
Organism domestication
  • Domesticated
Characteristics related to biosafety
Centre(s) of origin
The wild progenitor and the exact origin of faba bean remain unknown. Several wild species (V. narbonensis L. and V. galilaea Plitmann and Zohary) are taxonomically closely related to the cultivated crop, but they contain 2n = 14 chromosomes, whereas cultivated faba bean has 2n = 12 chromosomes.
Centre(s) of genetic diversity
Faba bean is assigned to the Central Asian, Mediterranean, and South American centers of Diversity.
Habitat range
Faba bean requires a cool season for best development. It is grown as a winter annual in warm temperate and subtropical areas; hardier cultivars in the Mediterranean region tolerate winter temperatures of -10°C without serious injury whereas the most hardy European cultivars can tolerate up to -15°C (Robertson, 1996). "It can be grown anywhere and does not winterkill. Well-adapted to wetter portions of cereal-growing areas of western Canada and elsewhere. Tolerates nearly any soil type; grows best on rich loams. Moderate moisture supply is necessary" (Duke, 1981). They are considered to be the least drought resistant of legume crops; however, cultivars with high water use efficiency have been developed at ICARDA (Robertson, 1996). "Moisture requirement is highest about 9-12 weeks after establishment. Faba bean is more tolerant to acid soil conditions than most legumes. Can be grown in nearly all parts of the United States without liming. Growing seasons should have little or no excessive heat, optimum temperatures for production range from 18 to 27°C (65-85°F)" (Duke, 1981). Rainfall of 650-1000 mm per annum evenly distributed is ideal (Kay, 1971). The maturity period ranges from 90-220 days depending upon the cultivars and climatic conditions (Bond et al., 1985).
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Common use(s)
  • Feed
  • Food
Additional Information
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