Pulses

Common 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.

We focus on:

  • Agronomic traits (yield, flowering, canopy architecture)
  • Quality (color, canning quality, seed integrity, sensory traits)
  • Human Nutrition (protein, energy and micronutrients)
  • Diseases (anthracnose, common bacterial blight, White mold)
  • Abiotic stress tolerance (drought and low temperature)
  • 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

Peas (Pisum sativum)

Program Objectives

  • Agronomic traits (yield, flowering and adaptation)
  • Quality (color, seed integrity, sensory traits)
  • Protein and oil
  • Diseases (ascochyta blight, bacterial blight, root and stem rot)

Lentils (Lens culinaris)

Program Objectives

  • Agronomic traits (yield, flowering, canopy architecture, )
  • Quality (color, seed integrity, sensory traits)
  • Diseases (ascochyta blight, fusarium wilt, botrytis gray mold and rust)
  • Abiotic stress tolerance