U of S to kick off the International Year of Pulses

SASKATOON - Media are invited to attend the kickoff event for the 2016 Year of the Pulses at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). The United Nations declared that 2016 will be the International Year of Pulses to position the crops as a primary source of protein and other essential nutrients.

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 10:30 to 11 am
Health Sciences Building, E-Wing 3rd Floor Lobby
104 Clinic Place
University of Saskatchewan

(Parking is available in the Health Sciences parkade, which is accessible from Hospital Drive. The elevators from the parkade lead directly to the event space.)

Leading the program (and available for interviews):

    • MC: Carol Henry, Assistant Dean (Nutrition), College of Pharmacy & Nutrition
    • Guest Speaker: Kishor Wasan, Dean, College of Pharmacy & Nutrition
    • Guest Speaker: Mary Buhr, Dean, College of Agriculture & Bioresources

One of the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition's research areas is to improve food security through improved sustainable agricultural practices and human nutrition by the inclusion of pulse crops. The project targets Ethiopian women as agents of change for adopting and integrating improved production methods into their Indigenous farming systems.

The Crop Development Centre at the College of Agriculture & Bioresources is also well known as a major research centre for pulse crop breeding and genetics.

Pulses are a primary research area at the U of S and Saskatchewan is within the main grain legume growing region in Canada, with chickpea, common bean, lentil, faba bean and pea growing regions.


For more information, contact:

Kieran Kobitz
Communications Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
306-966-2502 (office)

James Shewaga
Media Relations Specialist
University of Saskatchewan
306-966-1851 (office)

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