INCREASE – Intelligent Collections of Food Legumes Genetic Resources for European Agrofood Systems

Share the Bean: A Citizen Science Experiment

Regisztráljon most az INCREASE Citizen Science Experiment 2024-es kiadására!

Új vagy az INCREASE Citizen Science Experimentben, és szeretnéd elkezdeni a 2024-es babtermesztési utat? Akkor töltse le az "INCREASE CSA" alkalmazást, és regisztrálja részvételét 2024. február 29-ig.

Ön már részt vett a kísérlet korábbi fordulóiban, és 2024-ben is szeretne babot termeszteni? Ön automatikusan regisztrálva van. Mindössze annyit kérünk, hogy jelezze részvételi szándékát és a vetőmagok elérhetőségét az új fordulóban a "INCREASE CSA" alkalmazásban erre a célra szolgáló gombon keresztül. Arra bátorítjuk Önt, hogy vegye igénybe a vetőmagcserét az alkalmazáson keresztül. Kérjük, hogy korábbi forduló résztvevőjeként regisztráljon a vetőmagcserére 2023. december 31-ig. Ha ezt a határidőt elmulasztja, akkor a 2024 februárjában kezdődő vetőmagcsere-időszakban továbbra is lehetősége van saját terméséből vetőmagot termeszteni vagy másoktól vetőmagot kérni, de vetőmagot nem tud másoknak felajánlani.

Houd er rekening mee dat we alle deelnemers van vorige rondes die daadwerkelijk bonen hebben ontvangen (validatie voltooid in de App) als burgers beschouwen. Alle anderen moeten zich als nieuwe deelnemer registreren.

  • Így vehet részt:

    Új résztvevők:

    1. Menjen az alkalmazásboltba (Google Play vagy Apple App store), és keresse meg az INCREASE CSA-t.
    2. Töltse le az INCREASE CSA alkalmazást, és telepítse okostelefonjára.
    3. Hozzon létre egy fiókot egy bejelentkezési e-mail cím és egy jelszó megadásával.
    4. Nyissa meg a menüt a bal felső sarokban lévő három kötőjelre kattintva.
    5. Kattintson a CSE regisztráció almenüre. Adja meg a kért adatokat, és küldje el a regisztrációt.

    Most már készen áll az indulásra!

Science is not limited to scientists. Everyone can get involved.
Public participation in scientific research is becoming more and more crucial in increasing everyone’s understanding of science and its benefit to society. Most importantly, it advances scientific research itself. …and it equally plays a crucial part in INCREASE. Here, we are all about beans! The Citizen Science Experiment, conducted as part of the project, calls on all interested citizens to voluntarily contribute to and test an innovative decentralised approach to seed conservation, multiplication and sharing in order to conserve agro-biodiversity.

All you will need is access to a field, garden, terrace or balcony.

With the help of the common bean, you can get involved in:

  • promoting genetic diversity of legumes in Europe
  • disseminating scientific knowledge about genetic resources and food legumes
  • developing a method and knowledge among citizens that could be applied to other crop genetic resources
  • and establishing and testing a decentralised approach to genetic resources conservation, sharing and valorisation

What you will do as part of the experiment:

  • receive a packet with a few different (ca. 5) bean varieties. They will be enough to fit in a mini plot in your garden, terrace or balcony.
  • plant and grow bean seeds according to given instructions. The aim is to have at least one plant, as not all seeds may germinate…Your beans can be climbing or bushy types, you will get the information along with the seed package after we chose which varieties you will get (most likely you get both types, so be prepared to give them some a climbing help). Since beans do not tolerate frost, please sow your beans only when it is safely frost-free in your region.
  • nurture your beans, collect and record information about them using the INCREASE CSA App that will constantly be updated with the necessary functions
  • suggest tips and best practices, e.g. as text, images and videos, that could help other participants via the dedicated app
  • Harvest the seeds and
    • reproduce the seeds for the following years (we will distribute the seeds just once to each citizen but the citizen science initiative will run over four years). The seeds will then be multiplied by citizens that will keep the citizen science initiative running beyond the planned five years of INCREASE.
    • offer the seeds for exchange to other citizens (using a protocol developed together with FAO)
    • cook and taste them!
    • send your assessment and recipes that will be included in “Thousands of traditional and innovative recipes to cook beans” published on the INCREASE website

Why would you take part?

  1. To contribute to the collection of information through
    • assessing the potential and the diversity of more than 1000 common bean local varieties sampled originally from farmers’ fields
    • measuring crop traits under local growing conditions showing the adaptation to different European environments and develop a photo gallery
    • providing your preferences for bean colours, shapes and taste
    • listing traditional and innovative cooking recipes and uses
    • submitting narrative text describing local tradition, historical facts related to common bean but also original stories related to or involving the common bean
    • using your own favourite common bean variety to be compared with those of the citizen science initiative and so contributing to the wider common bean databases
  2. To contribute to the use of information provided through
    • exploring the huge resources developed with the help of all participants and compare different varieties including their DNA information that could help to reconstruct the history of dissemination of local varieties in Europe
    • exchanging information and practices with other participants from the whole of Europe
  3. To contribute to exchanging seeds with other participants (following all the requirements of the international treaty on biodiversity and genetic resources promoting the benefit sharing)
  4. To contribute to developing new varieties by crossing and selecting specific variants
  5. To ultimately contribute to improve biodiversity in Europe, and improve nutrition through healthy diets that include legumes

If you have any questions about the Citizen Science Experiment, please reach out to

Find out more on how to register for the Citizen Science Experiment via the INCREASE CSA app here.

  1. Go to your App store (Google Play or Apple App store) and search for INCREASE CSA.
  2. Download the INCREASE CSA App and install it on your smartphone.
  3. Register by entering a login email address and password.
  4. Proceed to the registration of the 2nd round of the Citizen Science Experiment by providing the required info for the shipping of your seeds.