Research Network

A truly collaborative effort between the University of Guelph, the University of Windsor, the University of Western Ontario and Agriculture and Agri-food Canada (AAFC) the research team established for the Phaseolus Genomics project is based on both a long history of effective collaboration between project researchers as well as newly established relationships. 



History between collaborators has included co-application for previous funding, sharing of resources, and coauthorship on numerous publications. Please see our “HQP” page for a profile of each of our collaborators as well as some of the project’s post-doctoral fellows, graduate students and research technicians.

Starting in 2009 AAFC and the University of Guelph consolidated their bean breeding programs for Ontario, taking their level of collaboration to an unprecedented level. The breeding programs at AAFC Harrow and the University of Guelph have produced both white and coloured beans for the Ontario bean industry, including OAC Rex the first Canadian white bean variety with bacterial blight resistance.

The genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics data generated by the project will be made available to the wider scientific community and represents a key deliverable associated with the project and ensures that the generated research will be integrated with the bean research community in Canada and around the world.

The project is managed by a Management Committee composed of K. Peter Pauls and W. Crobsy (Co-PI's), Ali Navabi, Kangfu Yu, Gale Bozzo, Krista Power, Rong Cao, Frederic Marsolais and Alfons Weersink (project collaborators) and Lori Wright (project manager).  The Management Commitee receives additional expert counsel from a Scientific Advisory Panel and a Commercialization Advisory Panel.  The Scientific Advisory Committee is formed by Pauls Gepts, University of California Davis (; Phil McClean , North Dakota State University; and Kirsten Bett, University of Saskatchewan (,cntnt01,detail,1&cntnt01entry_id=97&cntnt01returnid=2609&page=2609 ) ) and as such brings scientists at the forefront of bean genomics research  from across North America to the project. The Commercialization Committee is composed of members from the Ontario White Bean Marketing Board,  the Ontario Colored Bean Growers Association and Hensall District Cooperative and was formed to ensure that the project’s research directions meet the needs and wants of Ontario consumers, bean growers and marketing agencies. 



The University of Guelph is ranked as one of Canada's top comprehensive universities. It's committed to student learning and innovative research, and cultivating a deeper understanding of the essentials for life - water, food, environment, animal and human health, community and culture. The University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, an obligation to address global issues and a concern for international development.

The University of Guelph offers a wide variety of programs and courses. Outstanding faculty are committed to a curriculum that integrates a strong foundation in broad-based liberal learning with concentrated study in specialized and applied fields. In addition to nearly 100 majors, as one of Canada's most research-intensive institutions, Guelph offers more than  90 graduate programs ranging from the natural and physical sciences to engineering, social sciences, humanities, business, art, agriculture and veterinary science

The term "college" has a long-standing connotation at Guelph and is used within the university to designate a group of departments that operate within a structure often called a "faculty" at other universities.  As one of seven collages, the Ontario Agricultural College is a leader in innovative life sciences education and research on the environment, agriculture, food and rural communities.  The agricultural programs focus on the science and business of agriculture, from plant and animal biology and production techniques to business management and marketing.

Agricultural science research at Guelph is ranked above all other universities in Canada for impact, and includes strengths such as breeding cash crops such as soybeans and corn, specialty crops, and livestock nutrition, particularly for dairy cattle, swine, poultry and horses. Host to a province-wide research network in the emerging area of bioproducts, the college is actively engaged in applying its established strengths in the areas of bioinformatics, plant and animal breeding and genetics to the development of new, environmentally friendly solutions to meet industrial and societal needs.



Western is committed to its mission of providing the best student experience among Canada's leading research-intensive universities. A vibrant centre of learning, Western is home to approximately 3,500 full-time faculty and staff members and approximately 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Through its 12 Faculties, and three affiliated Colleges, the University offers more than 400 different majors, minors and specializations. Research is an integral part of the University's mission and external support for research projects exceeds $250 million per year.

The Faculty of Science is composed of dedicated researchers, teachers and staff whose areas of expertise directly address the challenges of modern research and education. Supplementing these individuals is the impressive array of widely recognized research centres available for multidisciplinary studies.

Western Science has developed a research plan co-ordinated about five general themes: Materials and Biomaterials, The Computational Sciences, Functional Genomics and Evolution, Environmental Science and Ecology and Stellar Science (Planets and Stars).

The Molecular Genetics Unit (MGU) is a core facility supported by eight faculty members who are unravelling the genetic basis of plant and animal development and complex disease. The MGU permits researchers from Western and elsewhere access to essential equipment provides and many opportunities for collaboration and interaction. The MGU facility has recently been expanded to permit in situ assessments of mutations (MUTASIS lab).We are also focusing on the growing need for basic research in plant biochemistry and molecular biology. The Biotron Experimental Climate Change Research Centre is a unique, purpose built facility housing specialized environmental chambers, laboratories and equipment dedicated to research in the fields of environmental sciences, biotechnologies and engineering.




The University of Windsor is Canada’s most personal comprehensive university. It combines a strong and focused emphasis on the learning experience of every student with a very broad range of graduate, undergraduate, and professional programs. The University enables people to make a better world through education, scholarship, research, and engagement.

The University of Windsor attracts students, faculty, and staff from around the world who create a close-knit community dedicated to lifelong learning, engaged teaching, original research, and personal discovery. Some areas of research include automotive, international development, environment, human health, community, and culture.

Windsor boasts more than 140 undergraduate and graduate programs across nine faculties for over 16,000 full- and part-time students. It offers nine cooperative education programs for 1,100 students. More than 80,000 individuals around the world are proud to call the University of Windsor their alma mater.

The Faculty of Science is dynamic and vigorous, nationally and internationally recognized for its research excellence. They offer progressive, high-quality programs taught by committed faculty members.

Biological science majors acquire the tools and skills necessary to successfully compete for positions in industry, government, education or any one of several professional programs including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physical therapy - just to name a few.

Unlike many other universities, biology undergraduate students at University of Windsor are given the opportunity to gain practical hands-on laboratory and field experience beginning in the first year of study. The small class size of most biology courses, the breadth of courses offered, and the close contact between students and professors means learning a rewarding and stimulating experience.



Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) provides information, research and technology, and policies and programs to achieve an environmentally sustainable agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, a competitive agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that proactively manages risk, and an innovative agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector. AAFC, along with its portfolio partners, reports to Parliament and Canadians through the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and the Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) scientists and their partners work together to make significant contributions to agricultural research and innovation in Canada and the world. Agricultural science and innovation has a strong role to play in helping the agricultural sector achieve greater competitiveness, improve environmental performance, increase the security of the agricultural sector and contribute to the health and well-being of Canadians.