Category : News
Published : December 11, 2015 - 11:35 AM
Farmer-driven research and development has been the hallmark of pulse crop production in Saskatchewan since the first varieties were developed at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre 40 years ago writes Michael Robin in his article on pulse research.
Pulses have taken centre stage in this year’s International Year of Pulses, designated by The United Nations to raise awareness about the crops’ benefits in terms of nutrition, sustainable food production and food security.
The University of Saskatchewan is a lead player in this with plant sciences professor Bert Vandenberg and fellow CDC researcher Kirstin Bett establishing genomic tools that will be able to identify and incorporate the genetic diversity of lentils. Genome Canada, Western Grains Research Foundation, SPG, Saskatchewan’s Agriculture Development Fund and organizations such as the Global Crop Diversity Trust are all helping to back this important work!