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Pulses Exhibit at Bata Library

Pulses Exhibit at Bata Library November 24 - December 7

November 17, 2016 – Trent University Library & Archives is pleased to host an exhibition on loan from the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum in partnership with Pulse Canada.  The exhibition ‘Pulses: The Ideal Partner,’ complemented by featured research on pulses undertaken by Dr. Neil Emery’s laboratory at Trent University, will be on display in the Thomas J. Bata Library atrium from Thursday, November 24 to Wednesday, December 7, 2016. Opening remarks will take place Friday, November 25th at 12:30 pm in the Library atrium.

Pulses: Canada Agriculture and Food Museum with Pulse Canada

The United Nations designated 2016 as the International Year of Pulses, presenting a great opportunity for Canadians to learn that pulses – dried peas, bean, lentils, and chickpeas, which are all edible seeds of plants in the legume family - are a healthy and sustainable food. Canada is one of the world’s largest pulse producers and exporters, however most Canadians know very little about this family of nutritious foods.

“Pulse Canada was pleased to partner with the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum on Pulses: the Ideal Partner,” said Gordon Bacon, CEO of Pulse Canada. “Pulses are well positioned to deliver on three areas of interest; better nutrition, improvements in health, and foods with a lower environmental footprint.”

The bilingual travelling exhibition, at Trent University between showings at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and the Royal Botanical Gardens, is the first of its kind and aims to raise awareness about pulses, an ideal partner for our health, environmental sustainability and Canada’s agriculture industry. The exhibition explores the topic of pulses through interactive displays and allows visitors to learn about pulses’ long history in Canada as well the role that pulses play in global food security as they provide an affordable, sustainable source of high fibre, low fat protein.

Trent University Research on Pulses by Dr. Neil Emery

Dr. Neil Emery is at the forefront in the study of plant hormones and his lab at Trent University provides hands-on research opportunities for many undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral students.  The lab has been in operation since 2000 with a theme of revealing how legumes, or pulses, and other crops biochemically pull themselves together.  In particular, the lab concentrates on a family of hormones, the cytokinins, which are potent promoters of plant growth and development, even when present at extremely low concentrations. Understanding these processes garners insight into creating greater, more stable yields.

A recent, very promising area of research in the Emery lab focuses on discovering the growth promoting potential of symbiotic bacteria in association with important pulse species. The current research project, supported by the Saskatchewan Pulse Growers, investigates the role of beneficial bacteria in alleviating the negative effect of moderate droughts in cultivation of various legumes such as pea, chickpea, lentil and faba beans. The end users of the research findings are the crop breeders to whom the Emery lab provides direction for developing better performing varieties. Unlike cereals which are already near their theoretical yield potential, legumes have tremendous room for improvement.  Legumes, or pulses, also have the means to bring their own nitrogen fertilizer to the field through their ability to turn atmospheric N2 into organic forms that are useable by plants. These two aspects alone make them a critical resource for future food production for the planet’s growing population. 


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