Pathogenic, genetic and molecular characterization and differentiation of races in Colletotrichum truncatum from lentil

  • Lentils
  • Disease Management
  • Sustainability
  • University of Saskatchewan

Lead Investigator(s)

Dr. Sabine Banniza

Lead Investigator(s) Institution

University of Saskatchewan - CDC


To strategize the incorporation of certain resistance genes into specific lentil market classes in order to develop a long-term strategy for the deployment of durable resistance to anthracnose.


This research confirmed that interspecific germplasm provides good resistance not only to race 1 of C. truncatum, but also to the more aggressive race 0, that, based on surveys, appears to be more prominent in the population of the pathogen. It was also shown that the risk of resistance breakdown is low, therefore the development of cultivars with resistance derived from these interspecific lines is a good investment in economic as well as ecological terms. This will result not only in reduced production costs (as a result of lower fungicide use), but will also contribute to the sustainability of the lentil crop.


SPG Contribution


Project Status


Duration/Timeline of Project (Year to Year)

2007 - 2012


Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Total Project Cost