Research Clusters and Priorities
The Canadian pulse industry has established research priorities in order to achieve the 25 by 25 market development strategy.
Pulse Science Research Clusters
Since 2010, the Canadian pulse industry and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) have jointly invested over $44M in three Pulse Science Research Clusters in AAFC’s Growing Forward, Growing Forward II and Canadian Agricultural Partnership agricultural policy frameworks. Funding for these research clusters was provided by the Alberta Pulse Growers, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers, Ontario Bean Growers, and Pulse Canada and has addressed multiple Canadian pulse industry priorities such as achieving stable yield gains through genetic improvement, reducing agronomic constraints in production, expanding utilization of pulse ingredients in foods, and highlighting stakeholder awareness of the health benefits of pulse consumption.
In preparation for the next Pulse Science Cluster for 2023-2028, representatives from Pulse Canada’s producer associations developed a national research strategy to coordinate and guide pulse research investments.