On 18 November 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, several members of IYP-GPC thematic committees presented their research at a symposium on “Improving Pulse Crops for Nutrition and Health” at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of America.

Tom Warkentin (University of Saskatchewan) showcased his word on biofortification of pea and chickpea. BB Singh (G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology and Texas A&M University) shared research on breeding high-yielding, high-quality cowpea varieties. Michael Grusak (Archer Daniels Midland Company) outlined key opportunities for breeding research to increase nutritional quality of beans. In 2016, with support from the Global Pulse Confederation, proceedings from this symposium will be published as an open access resource on current efforts to enhance the nutritional value and health benefits for various markets of pulse crops.