Shortening generation time for faster commercialization of new pulse crop varieties

  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Faba Beans
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • University of Saskatchewan

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Bert Vandenberg

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

University of Saskatchewan - CDC

Objective

To develop an in vitro protocol for Canadian field pea, chickpea, lentil, dry bean, and faba bean in order to quickly advance early generations.

Outcome

This project showed that the generation cycle of all pulse crops investigated can be reduced and 5 – 8 generations per year may be possible under optimal conditions. High frequency of in vitro flowering and seed setting confirm the ability of the rapid generation technology (RGT) protocol to save time while maintaining population size.

Genetics

SPG Contribution

$280,272.00

Project Status

Complete

Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2009 - 2012

Co-funders

Alberta Pulse Growers Commission

Total Project Cost

$320,310.00