College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Research Area(s)

  • Breeding and genetics
  • Genomics
  • Disease resistances
  • Abiotic stress tolerance
  • Seed quality (visual and nutritional)


Plant Sciences, Crop Development Centre

Research Interests

Dr. Tar’an's research focuses on development of high-yielding chickpea and flax cultivars with superior agronomic characteristics, resistance to diseases, acceptable seed quality and well adapted to Canadian environments. Dr. Tar’an leads the application of genomic tools in chickpea and flax breeding. He advances knowledge in chickpea and flax genetics by characterizing genetic variability using modern genetic tools with the goal of improving economically important traits of the crops.


Ph.D., University of Guelph
M.Sc., University of Guelph
B.Sc., Sriwijaya University, Indonesia

Selected Publications

Md. Waliur Rahman, Amit A. Deokar, Donna Lindsay and Bunyamin Tar’an. 2024. Novel Alleles from Cicer reticulatum L. for Genetic Improvement of Cultivated Chickpeas Identified through Genome Wide Association Analysis. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2024, 25(1), 648;

Amit A. Deokar, Mandeep Sagi, Bunyamin Tar’an. Genetic Analysis of Partially Resistant and SusceptibleChickpea Cultivars in Response to Ascochyta rabiei Infection. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2024, 25, 1360.

Shweta Kalve, Megan House, Bunyamin Tar’an. 2024. Freezing stress response of wild and cultivated chickpeas. Plant Sci. 2024. 14:1310459. https://DOI:10.3389/fpls.2023.1310459

Tamanna Akter Jahan and Bunyamin Tar'an. 2023. Agronomic Approach to Iron Biofortification in Chickpea. Agronomy 2023, 13(12), 2894;

Bunyamin Tar’an, Helen M. Booker, Megan A. House, Kenneth I. Jackle, H. Randy Kutcher. 2024. CDC Esme Oilseed Flax. J. Plant Sci.

Gali, K.K., B. Jha, B. Tar'an, J. Burstin, G. Aubert, D. Bing, G. Arganosa, T.D. Warkentin. 2024.Identification of QTLs Associated with Seed Protein Concentration in Two Diverse Recombinant Inbred Line Populations of Pea. Frontier in Plant Science. 15:1359117. https://DOI:10.3389/fpls.2024.1359117

Jahan, T.A., Kalve, S. Zachery Belak, Christopher Eskiw and Bunyamin Tar'an. Iron accumulation and partitioning in hydroponically grown wild and cultivated chickpea (Cicer arietinum L. Frontiers in Plant Science, 2023, 14, 943453.

Zhou,, Zhongyang Wan, Krishna Kishore Gali, Ambuj Bhushan Jha , Michael T. Nickerson, James D. House, Bunyamin Tar’an, and Thomas D. Warkentin.  2023. Quantitative Trait Loci Associated with Amino Acid Concentration and In Vitro Protein Digestibility in Pea (Pisum sativum L).  Frontiers in Plant Science, 2023, 14, 945667

Kalve, S., Gali, K.K., Tar’an, B. 2022. Genome-wide association analysis of stress tolerance indices in an interspecific population of chickpea. Frontiers in Plant Science, 2022, 13, 933277.

Rajeev K. Varshney, Manish Roorkiwal, Shuai Sun, Prasad Bajaj, Annapurna Chitikineni, Mahendar Thudi, Narendra P. Singh, Xiao Du, Hari D. Upadhyaya, Aamir W. Khan, Yue Wang, Vanika Garg, Guangyi Fan, Wallace A. Cowling, José Crossa, Laurent Gentzbittel, Kai Peter Voss-Fels, Vinod Kumar Valluri, Pallavi Sinha, Vikas K. Singh, Cécile Ben, Abhishek Rathore, Ramu Punna, Muneendra K. Singh, Bunyamin Tar’an, Chellapilla Bharadwaj, Mohammad Yasin, Motisagar S. Pithia, Sarvejeet Singh, Khela Ram Soren, Himabindu Kudapa, Diego Jarquín, Philippe Cubry, Lee T. Hickey, Girish Prasad Dixit, Anne-Céline Thuillet, Aladdin Hamwieh, Shiv Kumar, Amit A. Deokar, Sushil K. Chaturvedi, Aleena Francis, Réka Howard, Debasis Chattopadhyay, David Edwards, Eric Lyons, Yves Vigouroux, Ben J. Hayes, Eric von Wettberg, Swapan K. Datta, Huanming Yang, Henry T. Nguyen, Jian Wang, Kadambot H. M. Siddique, Trilochan Mohapatra, Jeffrey L. Bennetzen, Xun Xu, & Xin Liu. 2021. A chickpea genetic variation map based on the sequencing of 3,366 genomes. Nature 599, 622–627(

Selected Awards

Pulse Promoter Award (2021)

Past and Current Funding Sources

Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) of the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership – Diverse Field Crops Cluster (2023-2028)
Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership – Pulse Science Cluster (2023-2028)
Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF)
Saskatchewan Flax Development Commission (SFDC)
Saskatchewan Pulse Growers
Western Grains Research Foundation (WGRF) 
Manitoba Crop Alliance (MCA)


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