New Pulse Cluster Research Program Focuses on Breeding, Genetics & Agronomy Tools

Wednesday, April 24, 2024


Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) invested over $600,000 into pulse research projects, through the recently announced Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (S-CAP) AgriScience Program – Clusters Component. This investment was leveraged to over $21 million of Government and other industry partner funding.

Projects funded under this Pulse Cluster look to make advancements in critical areas to make growers more efficient and profitable and for the benefit of the pulse industry overall.


MPSG-Funded Projects

  • Development of improved pea cultivars to enhance Canada’s leading role in international pea markets.
  • Towards a better understanding of dry bean root rot and soybean cyst nematode management.
  • Accelerating solutions to root rot of pea and lentil using a multifaceted and integrative approach.
  • Diversity set for genomic improvement of faba bean.
  • Breed for top-performing field pea varieties and develop SNP-based markers for marker-assisted selection for grain and protein yield, maturity, standability and seed size.
  • The AGGI project: accelerated genetic gain and improvement.

More details available here


Other Projects Included in this Cluster Program

  • Large root systems in pulses for drought tolerance, carbon sequestration and root rot resistance.
  • The interaction of climate change with pest management and fertility in dry bean.
  • An integrated approach for accelerating genetic improvement of yield and agronomic characteristics of chickpea.
  • Selection of early-maturing dry bean germplasm and cultivars for sustainability and improved productivity under irrigation.
  • Identifying potential resistance to pea aphids and aphid-transmitted viruses in lentil.
  • Phenotyping pulse crops for improved performance under climate change.

More details available here


Learn more about the specific projects, target outcomes, and why this research will benefit growers:


Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers (MPSG) is a non-profit, member-based corporation representing more than 4,000 farmers in Manitoba who grow soybeans and pulses, including dry beans, peas, lentils, and faba beans. MPSG provides Manitoba pulse and soybean farmer members with production knowledge and market development support, through focused research, advocacy and linkages with industry partners. For more information, please visit:


For more information please contact:

Kate Menold
Communications Coordinator
Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers
Phone: 204-807-1912