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Grain legume crops, including chickpea (Cicer arieratum), common bean (Phaseolus vularis), lentil (Lens culinaris), faba bean (Vicia faba) and pea (Pisum sativum) are also known as pulse crops (from the Latin Puls or 'porridge'). Pulses are of particular importance in vegetarian diets as an important source of protein and micronutrients while being low in fats. Pulse crops are also important in crop rotations as they fix their own nitrogen, thus reducing dependency on commercial nitrogen fertilizer. They are also important for breaking disease cycles in cereal and oilseed crops typically found in the rotation. In Canada, pulse crops are grown predominantly in the western, prairie, provinces of Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba, with a smaller amount (mostly common bean) being grown in Ontario and Quebec (map: Pulse Canada). Canada is a major player in the global export trade in pulse crops, accounting for over a third of all global pulse exports annually. Of particular note are exports of pea and lentil.

University of Saskatchewan Pulse Crop Research Group

Saskatchewan falls directly in the middle of the main grain legume growing region in Canada with chickpea, common bean, lentil, faba bean and pea growing regions. As such the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan is well known as a major research center for pulse crop breeding and genetics (classical and molecular).