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


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


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.


SPG Contribution


Project Status


Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2009 - 2012


Alberta Pulse Growers Commission

Total Project Cost