Lentil genome sequencing (LenGen): establishing a comprehensive platform for molecular breeding

  • Lentils
  • University of Saskatchewan

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Kirstin Bett; Dr. Doug Cook

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

University of Saskatchewan - Dept. of Plant Sciences; University of California Davis


To sequence the lentil genome and utilize the sequencing information to accelerate lentil genetic improvement.


The lentil variety CDC Redberry was sequenced using different types of next generation DNA sequencing technologies. The resulting assembly is accessible by the international research community through the KnowPulse web portal (http://knowpulse.usask.ca/portal/). Through this project, the research team has established a considerable plant bioinformatics capability at the University of Saskatchewan, which will facilitate future pulse genomics studies and the development of molecular marker selection tools. Results from this project will enable lentil breeders to develop better lentil varieties through systematic use of diverse cultivated germplasm and wild relatives of the genus Lens.

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Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2013 - 2016