A centralized database
In 2017, Pulse Canada developed and launched the Pulse Research Database. This is a centralized list of previous and ongoing pulse research in nutrition, health, environmental sustainability, quality, functionality, processing and applications.
Many of the projects in the database have been funded by Canadian pulse industry associations who are members of Pulse Canada (Alberta Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, Ontario Bean Growers) and the Canadian government (Agriculture and Agri-food Canada).
The database was developed by Pulse Canada as a tool for the pulse research community and is currently co-managed by Pulse Canada, the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council and the American Pulse Association.
The database provides the following benefits for scientists, research funders and pulse industry stakeholders:
- Access to non-confidential information on pulse research projects for which results may not been published, as well as projects that are currently underway for which public information would not be widely available
- Eliminates the need to search multiple websites of pulse research funding organizations and public databases for information on pulse research projects
- Includes only research on pulses, therefore eliminates the need to enter names of all pulse types and formats when conducting a search, unless deliberately limiting the search to research on a specific pulse type or ingredient format