Genetic improvement of bioavailable selenium content in lentil seeds

  • Lentils
  • University of Saskatchewan

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Bert Vandenberg

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

University of Saskatchewan - CDC


To conduct a series of investigations that will form the scientific basis of a marketing and breeding strategy based on biofortification of selenium content for Saskatchewan grown lentil crops.


The results of this series of studies demonstrated that it may be feasible to genetically improve the selenium (Se) concentration in lentil seeds through use of appropriate breeding strategies. From an industry perspective, it appears that there is potential for using Se as a key component in future marketing strategies for lentil related to human nutrition on a global scale. It will be necessary to carefully integrate future research and development with strategic market development efforts in order to maximize benefits for Saskatchewan lentil producers.


SPG Contribution


Project Status


Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2007 - 2011


Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture - Agriculture Development Fund

Total Project Cost