2016 International Year of Pulses: Addressing Sustainable Nutrition - A Case for Pulses
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Could we Survive without Legumes? The world is literally full of legumes. This large family of plants has unique biological characteristics that have affected our environment, our evolution, our health and our economy for a long time. For various reasons, over the past 40 years, Canada has become an important purveyor of the small group of legume species referred to as pulse crops. The growing future demand for vegetable protein on this planet means that there is an urgent need for expanded of research and development in many interrelated disciplines involving legume crops.
Dr. Bert Vandenberg
Professor, Plant Science Depatrment
College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan
Bert Vandenberg is a Professor in the Plant Science Department of the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan. He is the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Genetic Improvement of Lentil. His career has involved development of pulse crops for western Canada as a means of improving both agriculture and nutrition. Dr. Vandenberg,s research ecosystem includes linkages with plant breeding and genetics, genomics, agronomy, microbiology, nutrition, toxicology, food science, marketing and processing of pulse crops, with special emphasis on lentils, one of the world,s fastest growing sources of vegetable protein. Canada is now the world,s leading producer and exporter of lentils.
***Original Source: "2016 CNS Annual Conference", Saturday, May 7, 2016
Last Updated: May 30, 2016
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