• Mar 21 2017

    Continued funding from Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science

    By: Lori Wright

    Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science officially announced on March 14 that our project was one of the succesful recipients of the prestigious Ontario Research Fund award.
    To quote from the website below .... Projects were evaluated through a rigorous peer review process involving Canadian and international academic and industry experts. The successful projects were chosen based on their research excellence and their economic and societal benefits to Ontario.
    Why mess with success ... comprised of almost all our original researcher leaders, Dr K P Pauls, Dr Frederic Marsolais, Dr Krista Power, Dr. William Crosby, Dr Gale Bozzo, Dr Alfons Weersink, and Dr Rong Cao, and Dr Yuhai Cui who joined us part way through the previous project, we've rebranded our project as "Genomic Ideotype Breeding to Increase Bean Productivity, Healthfulness and Sustainability".  With $2,000,000 from the Ministry of Research and Innovation and an additional $4,000,000 in matching institutional and private funding we are ready to roll for another 4 years.

  • Nov 1 2016

    Applied Bean Genomics project a resounding success!

    By: Lori Wright

    Project Success!  We have been busy!

    • 7 Book chapters
    • 44 publications in peer reviewed journals
    • 50 abstracts and papers published in conference proceedings
    • 184 Oral or Poster Presentations at conferences and symposia
    • 14 graduate students completed their degree
    • 31 undergraduates gained and added valuable experience working on the project
    • 88 invention disclosures of advanced Phaseolus germplasm were made to the Catalyst Centre (Office of Research, University of Guelph)
    • 31 lines were supported for registration by the Ontario Pulse Committee
    • 9 lines were licenced for sale by companies, including: SeCan, Cooks, Parish and Heimbecker, Bolton Seeds, and Hensall District Co-Op.  Our most recently developed lines combine resistance to both Common Bacterial Blight and Anthracnose - certain to be valued by Ontario Growers.

    During the 6 year tenure of the project our knowledge of bean genomics and the genetics was considerably advanced in areas that relate directly to the utilization of beans by producers and the industry. Significant research accomplishments include:

    • sequencing the entire (>600 mB) genome of OAC Rex, the first common bacterial blight variety developed by the Guelph bean breeding program;
    • characterization of a 380 kbp fragment containing the CBB disease resistance marker SU91, a cluster with TIR-NBS-LRR (toll interleukin 1 receptor-nucleotide binding site-leucine rich repeat) resistance proteins a modified Niemann-Pic gene that may be responsible for the majority of the resistance in OAC Rex;
    • identification of additional molecular markers for CBB resistance, including polymorphisms in the Niemann-Pic gene;
    • identification of quantitative trait loci (QTL) for additional CBB resistance loci, Anthracnose resistance loci, nitrogen fixation loci, and yield;
    • resequencing the genomes of bean lines (SMARC1-PN1, SARC1, SMARC1N-PN1) integrating mutations conferring deficiencies in the storage protein synthesis      compositions, that gave insight into the genetic causes of the mutations and the mechanisms leading to improved sulphur amino acid compositions in these lines
    • sequencing the entire genomes of 7 isolates (fuscans and non-fuscans) of the disease causing organism of CBB (namely: Xanthomonas axonopodis pv. phaseoli [Xap]), identifying polymorphisms in type III effectors, that may be associated with differential aggressiveness of the isolates;
    • demonstration that the genetic gains achieved in selecting with the molecular marker SU91 in four BC1F1 families, with different genetic backgrounds, ranged from 6% and 21 %;
    • development of a model to estimate the effectiveness of marker assisted selection;
    • determination that protein isolates from the mutant lines (SMARC1-PN1, SMARC1N-PN1 and SARC1) produced biofilms with interesting physical differences that may be related to their unique protein compositions
    • characterization of the genomic locations of more than 100 structural and regulatory genes in the phenylpropanoid pathway in bean involved in seed coat colour and antioxidant levels,
    • identified the genomic location of the nondarkening gene on chromosome 10 in a pinto mapping population
    • determination of: differences in proanthocyanin content between darkening and nondarkening cranberry beans, measurement of the antioxidant values of various bean seed fractions from darkening and nondarkening cranberry beans; heat induced degradation of free flavonoids but relative stability of bound phenolics in regular and nondarkeneing beans.
    • determination of the health promoting properties of bean diets, including the demonstration of their effectiveness in reducing colon inflammation and their protective effect against severe colitis; as well as the demonstration that consumption of navy beans as a supplement to a high-fat diet, reduced the obese phenotype by improving the gut barrier integrity barrier and promoting a shift in the gut microbiota community such that key “anti-obesity” microbes were increased in bean-fed mice, compared to high-fat diet controls.
  • May 2 2016

    Genomic Analysis of Storage Protein Deficiency in Genetically Related Lines of Common Bean

    By: Lori Wright

    Dr. Frederic Marsolais and colleagues publish Genomic Analysis of Storage Protein Deficiency in Genetically Related Lines of Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) in Frontiers in Plant Science.

  • Mar 11 2016

    University of Guelph Bean Breeding Program Open House

    By: Lori Wright

    University of Guelp's Bean Breeding Program hosts open house.

  • Feb 22 2016

    Canadian Chef Micheal Smith declares pulses the food trend of 2016

    By: Lori Wright

    Micheal Smith, renowned Candian Chef and judge on the TV show Chopped Canada points out that pulses (including beans) are super easy, super flexible, tasty, inexpensive AND good for the environment. Since legumes "fix" atmospheric nitrogen and add it to the soil they are grown in, growing legumes can enhance soil fertiliity and thereby decrease the need for added fertilizers... win win win!! http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/year-of-the-pulses-1.3391608

  • Feb 22 2016

    UN has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses.

    By: Lori Wright

    Pulses include all sorts of dried peas, beans and lentils, including ones grown and sold here in Canada. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon emphasizes that much work needs to be done to alleviate world hunger and malnutition, increase food security for all, and address environmental challenges and one concrete opportunity for this lies in increasing the growing and consumption of pulses worldwide.

  • Jan 4 2016

    Full genome sequence for the dry bean OAC Rex available for download

    By: Lori Wright

    Full pseudochrome sequence of the white navy bean OAC Rex now available for download @ https://mega.nz/#!KU13nB7B!LS1afOiDNDPp6koxlmJpGYa8Xnk2_5hCvAiFXyKTOMA
    OAC Rex was the first CBB resistant white bean variety released in North America.

  • May 20 2015

    Annual Genomics Meeting to Coincide with 2015 BIC in Niagara Falls Ontario

    By: Lori Wright


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  • Dec 12 2014

    Grainnews journal interviews Frederic Marsolais

    By: Lori Wright


    “Through this genome project, one of the benefits of having the sequence of the bean genome will be the ability to locate the loci and to develop molecular markers and sort of tag the important genes that determine our beneficial traits. And be able to move them more rapidly into improved varieties,” says Marsolais.


  • Nov 27 2014

    Bean research will benefit from new AAFC state-of-the-art research greenhouse in London

    By: Lori Wright

    Good things are growing in the Southern Crop Protection and Food Research Centre’s (SCPFRC) new $10 million state-of-the-art greenhouse – and now everyone can see this for themselves... follow the link!


  • Apr 30 2014

    Phaseolus genomics research update presentations

    By: Lori Wright

    We have it all !  click on the link to our meetings page below to view some our our latest research presentations ...  from basic genomics to how beans influence gastrointestinal health, the relationship between research and economics, an interesting anti-yield gene, improvements to common bacterial blight (CBB) resistance, as well as our field breeding program and other projects examining herbicide tolerance, protein chemisty as well as the status of our phaseolus vulgaris sequencing and annotation project.


    If you are interested in additional information on any of the provided presentations, please use the contact us tab.

  • Apr 30 2014

    Collaborator presents at the 9th International Workshop on Sulfur Metabolism in Plants, Germany

    By: Lori Wright

    Project Collaborator Frederic Marsolais presented the poster  "Differential response to sulphur nutrition of two common bean genotypes differing in storage protein composition" at the 9th International Workshop on Sulfur Metabolism in Plants “Molecular Physiology and Ecophysiology of Sulfur”, Freiburg, Germany, April 14–17. Pandurangan S, Sandercock M, Hou A, Marsolais F (2014)

  • Mar 31 2014

    Project collaborators to speak at the Canadian Economics Association 2014 Conference in Vancouver

    By: Lori Wright


  • Mar 24 2014

    Town and Gown Chilli Chow Down

    By: Lori Wright

    University of Guelph's annual open house, College Royal, sees its first ever Town and Gown Chilli Chow Down. 
    To celebrate food innovation at the University, local restaurnats used beans, tomatoes, onions and peppers developed by U of G and grown in Ontario to prepare chilli for taste testing by the crowds College Royal.  Over $1000 was raised for the Guelph Food Bank through donations made by 330 tasters happy to vote for their favorites! Local celebrity judges were Tracy Marchesich from the Guelph Food Bank; Prof. Peter Pauls, chair of plant agriculture; Sydney Sargent from Magic 109/CJOY; and U of G’s food laureate Anita Stewart.

    click the link below to see the Chow Down winners!


  • Mar 17 2014

    AAFC's latest newsletter delves into genomics of beans, wheat,flax, soybean, oats and more

    By: Lori Wright

    With the title Harnessing Genomics to Help Meet Global Food Demand, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's latest Innovations Express Newsletter (vol 5, #1) delves into genomics with the following articles

    • Genomics—A Key to Understanding Fusarium Head Blight
    • Coming Soon: Canada’s First Fusarium-Resistant Winter Wheat
    • Canadian Wheat Alliance Strengthening Canada’s Wheat Industry
    • Reaping the Benefits of Flax
    • Mapping of Bean Genome Means New Markets Ahead
    • Soybean Pathogen Breaks Genetic Law
    • Helping Crops Make Their Own Fertilizer
    • DNA Bar Codes Help Tell Friend from Foe
    • CORE Investigation of the Oat Genome
  • Jan 6 2014

    Mapping Bean Genome Means New Markets Ahead

    By: Frederic Marsolais

    From Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's on line publication "Agri-Science E-Zine"

  • Nov 7 2013

    Peter Pauls and Tom Smith honoured with awards from BIC

    By: lori wright

    At the recent BIC confernece in Oregon, two of our genomics researchers were recognized for their ongoing work in Phaseolus research.  With a combined contribution of 60 years of plant science research at the University of Guelph, Tom Smith was awarded  the inaugural Bean Improvement Cooperative Technical Merit Award and Peter Pauls was awarded The 2013 Bean Improvement Cooperative Meritorious Service Award.  To read more .....  http://www.plant.uoguelph.ca/news/bean-improvement-cooperative


  • Nov 5 2013

    Genomics researchers present 4 talks and 8 posters at 2013 BIC meeting, Portland Oregon

    By: Lori Wright

    Our incredibly productive project researchers present 4 talks and 8 posters at the Bean Improvement Cooperative meeting in Portland Oregon October 27-30.

    Association of Genes Coding for Phenlypropanoid Pathway Enzymes and Regulatory Elements with Flower and Seed Coat Colour in Phaseolus vulgaris.
    Genomic Analysis of Mutations Conferring Storage Protein Deficiency in Common Bean.
    Dry Bean Breeding and Genetics Research in South-Western Ontario.
    Identifying CBB-Resistance Gene Candidates through Comparative Genomics between OAC-Rex and G19833.
    Quantitative Trait Loci Analysis of Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation in Common Beans.
    Pursuit (Imazethapyr) Tolerance in Post Emergent Dry Beans.
    Genetic Improvement of Protein Quality in Edible Beans with Adaptation to Manitoba.
    Phenotypic Association of Parameters Commonly used to Predict Canning Quality of Dry Beans (Phaseolus vulgarisL.).
    Investigating Genotype by Environment (GxE) Interactions in Navy Bean Performance Trials in Ontario
    Monitoring Anthracnose Severity and Virulence in Ontario: Implications for Breeding and Research.
    Molecular Characterization of Common Bacterial Blight Pathogen Strains Showing Differential Pathogenicity.
    Molecular Characterization of Anthracnose Resistance to Race 73 in the Navy Bean Variety Bolt.

  • Sep 5 2013

    Bean researchers feast on the fruits of their labours

    By: Lori Wright

    Bean researchers feast on the fruits of their labours.

    After a full and productive day of hearing from project collaborators about recent research progress our Annual Advisory Committee meeting was wrapped up with a beantastic dinner!  University of Guelph's Food Laureate Anita Stewart arranged for Chef Yasser Qahawish to prepare a special dinner featuring several dishes using bean varieties developed by the joint breeding program between the University of Guelph and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  Yasser is owner of Artisanale in downtown Guelph, a restaurant known for sumptuous French country cooking at its best http://www.artisanale.ca


    A smiling Yasser Qahawish, owner and chef at Guelph's Artisinale restaurant receives a bounty of beans from the University of Guelph!
    (photo courtesy of Anita Stewart)











    The ultimate example of not only “farm to fork” but “research to fork,” the dinner allowed bean researchers, growers, producers and marketers, and a chef who “loves beans!”  to enjoy a meal together and to foster future research collaborations.  For a wonderful review of the dinner event follow the link to Malcolm Jolley's Food Revolution website  http://www.goodfoodrevolution.com/eating-genome/

  • Jul 31 2013

    We're going to the Canadian Plant Genomics Workshop in Halifax in August

    By: Lori Wright

    Poster entitled Genomic analysis of mutations conferring storage protein deficiency in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris)  to be presented by Frederic Marsolais at the Canadian Plant Genomics Workshop. Halifax, NB, August 19-21

  • Jun 24 2013

    Publish, Present, Post, Press .. we do it all!

    By: Lori Wright

    We've been busy .. looking at how proteins fold, how genes are regulated, how common bacterial blight is resisted, how seed coat color is determined and how this relates to the health promoting properties of a diet rich in beans .. just a few of the numerous subjects we've taken a look at over the last year.

  • Jun 24 2013

    HQP, SNPs, and CBB - all part and parcel of releasing new improved varieties

    By: Lori Wright

    Now this is progress!
    From a recent report .. a brief summary of what we had to say about our third year ..  

  • Jun 24 2013

    Dr. Peter Pauls to speak at CSPB meeting in Quebec City

    By: Lori Wright

    Dr. Peter Pauls will speak at the 2013 Canadian Society of Plant Biologists meeting in Quebec City,  June 25-28.

  • Jun 21 2013

    Sudhakar Pandurangan wins poster award at Canada Next Generation Sequencing Symposium

    By: Lori Wright

    One of our researchers, Sudhakar Pandurangan, working with Dr. Frederic Marsolais at the University of Western Ontario was awarded second prize for best poster at the Canada Next Generation Sequencing Symposium ( http://www.canadangssymposia.com  ) held in Toronto on June 14.
    Click on the link below to see the poster : Genomic analysis of mutations conferring storage protein deficiency in common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris).

  • Apr 8 2013

    Project researcher to present at 2013 AAEA & CAES Joint Annual Meeting

    By: Lori Wright

    Click on the provided link to read about the poster being presented by researcher Dr. Predrag Rajsic.