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14 August

In person event

Open house on legume breeding at McGill University

Free Bilingual

Emile A. Lods Agronomy Research Centre at Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

This event is aimed primarily at growers, agronomists and research teams.For further information, please contact Hugo Martorell:

Now in its 6th year of operation, McGill's bean breeding program aims to develop varieties that meet the needs of growers, buyers and consumers. Five varieties of Coco Rose, White Kidney, Black and Light Red Kidney are now approved for registration with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

Join Valerio Hoyos-Villegas, Phd, and his team from the Pulse Breeding and Genetics Research Laboratory for an overview of research and development efforts in Quebec, and participate in an interactive variety observation and comparison activity.


  • 8:30 a.m. : Welcome by Valerio Hoyos-Villegas, Janice Pierson, Macdonald Farm manager and Hugo Martorell, Sème l'avenir coordinator.

  • 9 to 9:45 a.m. : Improvement program update by Valerio Hoyos-Villegas, PhD, and Q&A session

  • 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. : Observation and evaluation of test plots and evaluation of dry bean and chickpea cultivars

  • 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. : Networking on industry development, lunch and scientific posters

Open house on legume breeding at McGill University


For more information, contact Hugo Martorell:

This event is part of the field days devoted to dry bean cultivation: research and development, agronomy and local supply.

Growing dry beans is increasingly recognized as a winning strategy for farmers and consumers alike. It allows farmers to diversify their crop rotations, improve soil health and generate attractive income. Dry beans also represent a nutritional and affordable alternative plant protein.

For several years, buyers, public institutions, producers, agronomists, scientists and stakeholders have been mobilizing to meet the genetic, agronomic and marketing challenges.

Since 2020, the community has been meeting at field days to exchange knowledge and find collective solutions. To view reports on workshops held in previous years, click here.

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The August 14 and 20, 2024 activities are the result of a collaboration between Equiterre, Sème l'avenir and the Pulse Breeding and Genetics Research Laboratory of McGill University. They are made possible thanks to two sources of funding. (1) The imPULSE project: a transdisciplinary project in technological development for the sustainable production of plant proteins in Quebec, a project of McGill University's Legume Breeding and Genetics Laboratory and funded by MAPAQ and FRQNT as part of the Partnership Research Program - Sustainable Agriculture. (2) The Haricot Secs project funded by the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation under the Prime-Vert program.