Animal feed resources information system

Yellow lupin (Lupinus luteus) seeds

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This datasheet is pending revision and updating; its contents are currently derived from FAO's Animal Feed Resources Information System (1991-2002) and from Bo Göhl's Tropical Feeds (1976-1982).


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Common names 

Yellow lupin


Lupins (Lupinus spp.) are broadly distributed throughout the world. There are two geographically separate groups: new World species and Old Word species among which 4 are cultivated, one in from the New World and the 3 others from the Old World. All of them being smooth seeded. Lupins occupy almost all kinds of habitats from sea level to altitudes up to 4000 m (Wolko et al., 2010).

Environmental impact 

N-fixing legume and sustainable P management

Lupins are N-fixing legumes that are reported to fix 300-400 kg N /ha in Europe and Australia (Jansen, 2006). Lupins can provide benefit to the following crop (Pgro, 2014). In organic crops, lupins were demonstrated to result in a 0.5 t/ha response in rye grown following yellow lupins compared to following spring beans.

Lupins are valuable legumes for sustainable P management : in soils depleted in available P, lupin plants form specialized cluster root structures and/or release P-mobilizing carboxylates that free it from insoluble forms (Lambers et al., 2012).

Soil improver

Thanks to its deep taproot lupin plants improve soil texture and drainage(Jansen, 2006). 

Nutritional aspects
Potential constraints 


Lupin seeds (Lupinus spp.) are known to contain significant levels  (from 7 to 20%) of oligosaccharides of the raffinose family (Saini, 1989). Inthe seeds of blue or yellow lupin species, alpha-galactosides levels can reach up to 20% (Saini, 1989). Oligosaccharide level may depend on variety but also on conditions of cultivation and harvest (Pisarikova et al., 2009).

Nutritional tables
Tables of chemical composition and nutritional value 
Datasheet citation 

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