- Development of improved cultivars and germplasm of pea, lentil and chickpea adapted to the Northern Plains region.
- Evaluation of advanced breeding tools and emerging technologies, including genomic selection and high-throughput phenotyping, for improving efficacy of pulse breeding.
WELCOME TO PULSE CROPS
- Pulse crops are grown worldwide for human consumption, livestock feed, and the pet food market.
- For human nutrition, pulses are the most relevant sources of plant-based protein, carbohydrate, micronutrients, vitamins, and fiber.
- Pulses are important cover crops for reducing excessive applications of costly fertilizers and enabling better management of pests, herbicide residue, and soil nitrogen.
Dry pea production is comprised predominantly of yellow and green cotyledon types. More specialized markets are developing which require a greater knowledge of seed composition.
Lentil production is divided among large- and small-seeded types. Large green and regular lentils are the predominant market classes produced.
Chickpea production in the US is almost exclusively large-seeded Kabuli types and is divided between Café and Spanish White types.
LAB NEWS AND UPDATES
The 2019 Pulse Team
NDSU Department of Plant Sciences
Loftsgard Hall 166
N. Bolley Dr.
Fargo, ND 58102