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Governments of Canada and Saskatchewan invest in pulse starch research

Regina, Saskatchewan – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Today, Canada’s Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Marie-Claude Bibeau and Saskatchewan Minister of Agriculture David Marit announced $2.5 million in funding for research led by the University of Saskatchewan into new opportunities for starches from pulse crops.

The $2.5 million in funding through Saskatchewan’s Strategic Research Initiative has been awarded to Dr. Yongfeng Ai at the University of Saskatchewan.

Pulse crops like beans, lentils, and peas contain starch. Starch has several uses, including as an ingredient in a variety of food products. The research team aims to advance the ability to separate starch from the seed, and further understand what is required to convert pulse starches into value-added products.

The pulse industry has expressed a strong interest in this research work, with InfraReady Products, C-Merak Foods, P&H Milling Group, and Saskatchewan Pulse Growers partnering on the project.

Source : canada

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