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Legume Genetics and Genomics


Rhonda Foley, Lars Kamphuis, Gagan Garg, Karam Singh

Narrow-leafed lupin (NLL) is a grain legume crop that has recently gained attention as a human health food, in addition to its existing use as an animal food source. The grain is high in protein and fibre, and low in fat and starch.  It’s a useful emerging food for people with dietary restrictions, as it is low GI and gluten free.  Lupin grain also influences satiety, and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  It’s also useful in farming systems as a break crop and soil improver.  Lupin is a very recently domesticated crop with a narrow genetic base, so there is a lot of opportunity to improve the quality and quantity of the grain.

Our lab has been involved in the following aspects of lupin research:

  1. Genomic and transcriptomic analyses of lupin
  2. Development of molecular markers
  3. Seed storage protein analysis
  4. The role of seed storage proteins in plant defense and human health
  5. Alkaloid biosynthesis and transport

We’ve developed a variety of  resources for lupins that can be found at Lupin Express.