Pulse Breeding and Genetics Lab

Welcome to the Pulse Breeding and Genetics Lab in the Department of Plant Science at McGill University.

Pulse legumes are a cheap and dense source of protein, energy and nutrients. They are a delicious component to a mulititude of diets around the world and have been shown to provide benefits to human health. In the case of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) in certain countries, pulses provide 45% of daily protein supply in children and 13% in adults. Also, they provide micronutrients such as vitamin A, iron and zinc which play a major role among children in the alleviation of anemia, general body morbidity and mortality, mental impairment, still births or low child birth weight, blindness and infant mortality.

Our lab focuses on the development of superior cultivars of edible pulses, such as common bean, chickpea, lentils and peas under sustainable production systems. We make use of the information generated in the field to formulate new research ideas that ultimately provide solutions to the problems of Canadian pulse growers while generating new knowledge.

Our research topics focus on quantitative genetics, abiotic stress tolerance, disease resistance, quality, agronomic performance and human nutrition. We also work in the development of high-throughput phenotyping tools for plant breeding applications.

Principal Investigator

Valerio Hoyos-Villegas, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Science

McGill University


valerio.hoyos-villegas at mcgill.ca

tel: 514-398-7856

office: Raymond R02-23