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Mission: ImPULSEible Food Product Development Competition

Benny BarSince 2009, Canada’s pulse industry has hosted Mission: ImPULSEible, an annual food product development competition for students from universities, colleges and culinary schools across Canada. The students’ mission is to develop innovative, tasty and marketable food products containing whole pulses or pulse ingredients. Judges evaluate the products based on sensory and health attributes, innovative use of pulses, feasibilty and marketability. Provincial competitions are held early in the year, and the provincial winners compete at the National Mission: ImPULSEible Competition held during the Canadian Special Crops Association’s annual convention.

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Canada - Global Pulse Powerhouse

Pulse production in Canada has grown by more than 500% in the last 20 years, from less than 1 million tonnes in 1990 to over 5 million tonnes in 2010. Today Canada is the world’s largest producer and exporter of peas and lentils and an important producer of dry beans and chickpeas. Canada is home to world class crop development programs that have created pulse varieties adapted for our climate with high quality agronomic traits as well as end-user quality attributes such as taste, colour and shape.

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Scientists Providing Support to Canada’s Pulse Industry

Pulse Canada has engaged six scientists from across Canada to provide their expertise to the pulse industry in the areas of health, nutrition and food science research. The Pulse Scientific Advisory Panel includes research scientists who are leaders in the fields of weight control, heart disease and diabetes as well as food and bioproduct sciences. 
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Pulse Canada has engaged six scientists from across Canada to provide their expertise to the pulse industry in the areas of health, nutrition and food science research. The Pulse Scientific Advisory Panel includes research scientists who are leaders in the fields of weight control, heart disease and diabetes as well as food and bioproduct sciences.

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Special Issue of the British Journal of Nutrition to focus on Pulse Nutrition and Health

A special issue of the British Journal of Nutrition (BJN) entitled ‘Pulses and Human Health’ (Volume 88 Supplement Number 3) was published in 2002. This supplement included reports from experts who were involved in a 2001 meeting to discuss the state of research on ‘Pulses and Human Health’. It has been almost a decade since that supplement was published and the body of evidence for pulses and human health research has grown significantly in that time.

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Abstract Submissions

Experimental Biology 2012

The 2012 Experimental Biology (EB) meeting will take place from April 21-25 in San Diego, California. The meeting will include more than 50 concurrent scientific sessions focused on the most innovative science in Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pathology, Nutrition and Pharmacology, and will feature over 400 exhibit booths. The abstract submission deadline is November 8, 2011. For more information please visit http://experimentalbiology.org

Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology National Conference

The Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST) National Conference will take place from May 27-29, 2012 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. The theme for this anniversary conference is Innovation Meets Commercialization; specifically, exploring and gaining a better understanding of how to develop the right products at the right time for a successful “go-to-market”, with a special focus on the food-health link. Abstracts must be submitted by February 1, 2012. For more details please visit http://www.cifst.ca.


Call for Research Proposals

Manitoba Pulse Growers Association

The Manitoba Pulse Growers Association (MPGA) sent out their annual Call for Research Proposals on October 5th. MPGA is looking to fund pulse utilization and value-added projects. To be added to their distribution list, please e-mail roxanne@manitobapulse.ca. Details on MPGA’s research priorities, and how and when to submit project proposals can be found at www.manitobapulse.ca.