APA Strategic Goal # 2: Increase the body of research on health/nutrition, functionality, and production/sustainability of pulses.

The Pulse Crop Health Initiative (PCHI) is a focused effort to develop and apply scientific research on the known advantages of pulse crops.


Provide solutions to the critical health and sustainability challenges facing the citizens of the United States and the global community through research on pulse crops.

Research Priority Areas

Health & Nutrition
Functionality & End Use
Sustainability & Production

Funding Research

Supports the strategic planning goals for increasing research on pulses.

Pilot Programs Grants provide funding for proof of concept research projects.

“Consumption of legumes is advantageous and especially relevant to the management of obesity and its related co-morbidities because of the relative proportions of nutrients, especially protein and fibre, and the composition of its bioactive components.”

–Obesity Reviews 2014 Rebello, Greenway, & Finley

Research Projects funded by APA include the following:

Title Investigators Research Institute
“Increasing acceptance and consumption of pulses by school-aged children: A pilot investigation.” T. L. Burgess-Champoux, Ph.D. St. Catherine University
“Dietary lentils as a preventative to high fat-induced obesity: Feeding patterns, metabolic rate, and immunological co-morbidities.” D. L.Hadsell, Ph.D., S. Loewus, Ph.D., W.Oleo, Ph.D., L. Hadsell, Ph.D., and M. Grusak, Ph.D. Baylor College of Medicine
”A review of the nutrition value of legumes and their effects on obesity and its related co-morbities” Obesity Reviews (2014) Volume 15, 392–407 C.J. Rebello, Ph.D., F.L.Greenway, Ph.D., and J.W.Finley, Ph.D. Louisiana State University, Pennington Biomedical Research Center
“Delivering Garden-based STEM Biology and Nutrition K-12 Education to Increase Pulse Consumption”

School Garden Education
C. Miles, Ph.D. WA State University Extension