Widening the genetic base of cultivated gene pool following introgression from wild Lens taxa
Mohar Singh, Shyam K Sharma, Badal Singh, Nikhil Malhotra, Rahul Chandora, Ashutosh Sarker, Kuldeep Singh, Dorin Gupta
PLANT BREEDING | WILEY | Published : 2018
Wild Lens taxa are a reservoir of useful rare genes/alleles for widening the genetic base and synthesis of a new gene pool of lentil. To maximize and sustain lentil production, new gene sources are needed to be identified and incorporated into cultivated background. This needs a comprehensive approach to accumulate favourable alleles from distantly related germplasm for widening of the cultivated gene pool and would be the most appropriate strategy to solve the various problems associated with stressed crop production and plateaued yields. Furthermore, expansion of deeper understanding of lentil genomics along with extensive research undertaken in other crop species can provide suitable guid..View full abstract
We thank the Department of Agriculture and Farmers' welfare, Government of India for providing grant in aid to lentil research project on pre-breeding and genetic enhancement. The authors also thank the worthy Vice Chancellor, CSKHPKV, Palampur, Himachal Pradesh, India for allowing to use the off-season nursery facility for reliable phenotyping at its Regional Station at Sangla. We also acknowledge the Biodiversity and Integrated Gene Management (BIGM) at International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) for providing the wild Lens taxa.