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Indian Journal of Genetics and Plant Breeding (The)
Year : 2016, Volume : 76, Issue : 4
First page : ( 530) Last page : ( 549)
Print ISSN : 0019-5200. Online ISSN : 0975-6906.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0975-6906.2016.00071.7

Breeding strategies to improve lentil for diverse agro-ecological environments

Kumar Jitendra*, Gupta Sunanda, Gupta Priyanka, Dubey Sonali, Tomar Ram Sewak Singh1, Kumar Shiv2

Division of Crop Improvement, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur-208 024

1ICAR-National Research Center on Plant Biotechnology, IARI Campus, New Delhi-110 012

2International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), Rabat-Institutes, B.P. 6299, Rabat, Morocco

*Corresponding author's e-mail: jitendra.kumar@icar.gov.in; jitendra73@gmail.com

Online published on 31 January, 2017.


Lentil is an important cool season pulse crops and it is cultivated world-wide in diverse agro ecological conditions. Several varieties have been developed adopting conventional breeding methodologies. Significant progress in genetic improvement for yield has been made by using different breeding strategies including molecular marker based precise breeding strategy in lentil. However, lentil production and productivity has not increased to its potential due to several biotic and abiotic stresses affect its growth and development. Utilization of wild species may provide useful genes for broadening the genetic base of lentil in respect of disease resistance, abiotic stresses and desirable agronomic traits. In present article, we have reviewed the breeding strategies used for improving lentil genotypes adapted under diverse agro-climatic conditions.



Genetics, short duration, seed size, herbicide, heat tolerance, root traits, lentil.


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