Organic Dry Pea and Lentil Adaptation to South Carolina for Plant-based Protein Production: NIFA-OREI project update

This webinar by Dr. Dil Thavarajah of Clemson University took place on October 20, 2022.

Slides from the webinar are available here!

Links mentioned in the webinar for more information on the Clemson Pulse Breeding program:

About the Webinar

Organic plant-based proteins are gaining in popularity. Contrary to consumer perception, organically grown pulse crops have lower protein content. Our long-term goal is to breed dry pea and lentil cultivars suitable for organic production with higher protein content and better adaptation to protein isolation. We will discuss the best cultivars ideal for organic production, nutritional quality, and the market value for organic protein producers and food processors. This project is built on our previous OREI and Good Food Institute funded projects to refine the breeding pipeline to develop protein-biofortified organic dry pea and lentil for plant-based protein applications that will lead to economically rewarding sustainable organic farms.

About the Presenters

Dr. Dil Thavarajah, Professor, Pulse Quality and Nutritional Breeding at Clemson University, SC. Dil leads the Pulse Biofortification and Organic Nutritional Breeding program at Clemson University. She also co-leads the Phenomics of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement at Cornell University. She is the 2022 FoodShot Global award recipient for Pulse Crop Protein Biofortification.

Tristan Lawrence is a Master's Student and Project Manager of the Clemson Pulse Breeding Program in Dr. Thavarajah's lab.


Published July 5, 2022

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