Pulses

Dry bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)

Program Objectives

Our long term plan is to release cultivars and germplasm with distinct characteristics that provide dry bean farmers in Quebec and Canada with an advantage in the world market:

  • Agronomic traits (yield, flowering, canopy architecture)

  • Quality (color, canning quality, seed integrity, sensory traits)

  • Human Nutrition (plant-based protein, energy, and micronutrients)

  • Diseases (anthracnose, common bacterial blight, White mold)

  • Abiotic stress tolerance (drought, water use efficiency, and nutrient use efficiency)

  • Breeding for organic production systems and sustainability

Other areas:

  • History of common bean breeding

  • Human-crop evolutionary agriculture interactions of common bean

  • Population genetics of common bean germplasm diversity and utilization

  • Evolution and domestication of common bean

Chickpeas (Cicer arietinum L.)

Program Objectives

  • Agronomic traits (yield, flowering, canopy architecture)

  • Quality (color, seed integrity, sensory traits)

  • Protein and oil

  • Diseases (Ascochyta Blight, Botrytis Grey Mould, Sclerotinia White Mold, Stemphylium Blight)

  • Abiotic stress tolerance

Other areas:

  • Evolution and domestication of chickpea

  • Population genetics of chickpea germplasm diversity and utilization

Dry Peas (Pisum sativum)

Program Objectives

  • Agronomic traits (yield, flowering and adaptation)

  • Quality (color, seed integrity, sensory traits)

  • Protein concentration and quality for the plant-based products industry

  • Fatty acid concentration

  • Diseases (ascochyta blight, bacterial blight, root and stem rot)