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Developing dry bean germplasm and varieties adapted to SW Ontario

The overall objective of this activity is to address dry bean production constraints to maximize economic returns to growers and ensure long term sustainability of the dry bean industry in Canada.

More specifically, this project will generate new dry bean germplasm and varieties of different Ontario-grown market classes with improved resistance against common bacterial blight and anthracnose, and tolerance to white mould and root rot. Genetic diversity and population structure of Canadian dry bean breeding germplasm will be investigated and the genetics of resistance to multiple diseases will be studied. Genetic diversity related to nodulation and symbiotic nitrogen fixation (SNF) potential will be investigated and the genetic basis of SNF and mapping of genomic regions involved in SNF will be explored. Non-darkening genetics will also be investigated.

Theme: Genetic Improvement
Project Title: Development of dry bean germplasm and varieties adapted to south-western Ontario
Funding partners: Ontario Bean Growers, Saskatchewan Pulse Growers and Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada
Research Team: Dr. Peter Pauls – University of Guelph; Dr. Parthiba Balasubramanian – AAFC Lethbridge; Dr. Frederic Marsolais – AAFC London; Dr. Kirsten Bett – University of Saskatchewan; Dr. Hugh Earl – University of Guelph; Dr. Lorna Woodrow – AAFC Harrow; Dr. Robert Conner – AAFC Mordon

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