NMSU researcher examines drought-tolerant cluster bean

LAS CRUCES – Bright green and rich in protein, guar reigns supreme in Kulbhushan Grover’s native country.

Grover, a researcher in New Mexico State University’s College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, hails from India, the world’s top producer of guar, a humble legume that grows in clusters and has many industrial uses.

“It is one of the most drought-tolerant plants we are looking at as an alternative crop for areas like New Mexico because of water issues,” Grover said.

Grover, who specializes in sustainable crop production, has initiated research efforts at NMSU to evaluate guar for its adaptability in New Mexico.

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Grover said guar thrives in arid regions of the world. About 80 percent of the world’s guar supply comes from India, and the United States is one of the biggest guar importers.

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