Dr. Tar’an’s research program is focused on the development of high-yielding chickpea varieties and germplasm, using conventional and genomic-based breeding approaches, to help meet the growing global demand for protein. His goal is to develop new varieties with good agronomic characteristics, resistance to diseases, acceptable quality and well adapted to western Canadian environments. He is also interested in advancing an understanding of chickpea breeding and genetics by characterizing genetic variability using modern genetic tools with the goal of improving economically important traits in this crop.
Professional and Societal Memberships
- Canadian Society of Agronomy
- American Society of Plant Biologists
- North American Pulse Improvement Association (President)