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Developing improved varieties of lentil

Code: 9781838794095
William Erskine, University of Western Australia, Australia; Ashutosh Sarker, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), India; and Shiv Kumar, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Morocco

Chapter synopsis: Lentil is a popular pulse consumed primarily in Asia. It has a protein content of approx. 28% and also contains high amounts of macro- and micro-nutrients. Lentils are cropped under rainfed conditions and on residual/conserved soil moisture, and their inclusion in rotation benefits succeeding crops as a result of biological nitrogen fixation. This chapter reviews the reviews global production of lentils, and shows how the breeding and use of new varieties with higher yield potential and improved disease resistance has led to increased productivity in many countries. It discusses successful attempts to broaden the genetic base of lentil in South Asia and to cross domestic varieties with wild relatives to access new disease resistance genes. Finally, it considers the scope for breeding new climate-smart varieties of lentil in response to emerging climate changes and variability.

DOI: 10.19103/AS.2017.0023.22
Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 Production regions and their agro-ecologies 3 Phylogeny, domestication/spread and genetic resources 4 Problems addressable by breeding 5 Breeding methods 6 New technologies 7 Success stories 8 Future trends 9 Where to look for further information 10 References

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