Omnivores versus Carnivores: Can higher levels of pulse starch be tolerated in a wider range of species than corn?

  • Faba Beans
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • University of Saskatchewan

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Lynn Weber

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

University of Saskatchewan - Veterinary Biomedical Sciences


To compare whether the complex starches from pulses are tolerated better and at higher dietary levels than starches from corn in both carnivorous and omnivorous species.


Different pulses (pea, lentil, faba bean) can be utilized as dietary starch sources in pet and aquaculture feeds. Pulse starches (pea and lentil, but less so with faba bean) supported good growth which would lead to production benefits in aquaculture, while all three pulse starches provided health benefits in pets.

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Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2013 - 2016