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Lentils - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128135228, 9780128135235


1st Edition

Potential Resources for Enhancing Genetic Gains

Editor: Mohar Singh
Paperback ISBN: 9780128135228
eBook ISBN: 9780128135235
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 10th August 2018
Page Count: 245
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Lentils: Potential Resources for Enhancing Genetic Gains describes the evolutionary aspects and agronomic potential of this important pulse with emphasis placed on wide hybridization, including molecular aspects and future breeding strategies. The existing variability among cultivated germplasm has been exploited to reach a desirable level of productivity. However, to attain further breakthroughs in increasing yield and improving stability in future cultivars, new sources of genes/alleles need to be identified and incorporated into cultivated varieties. This book provides specific use information, including wild lentil germplasm utilization, thus allowing for the selection of transgressive interspecific recombinants that can be adapted to specific environments.

Key Features

  • Identifies breeding resources and the agronomic value assessed for specific traits of interest
  • Presents marker assisted breeding work and genomic resources
  • Describes strategies for wild lentils using wide hybridization
  • Features key breeding strategies


Lentil/pulse researchers, scholars, students and policy makers, those who are engaged in genetic and production enhancement of pulses in general and lentils in particular across the world

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Origin, distribution, and gene pools
3. Genetic resources: collection, conservation (in-situ and ex-situ), characterization and maintenance
4. Conventional cytogenetic manipulations
5. Embryo-rescue and cytogenetic manipulations
6. Gene pyramiding and multiple character breeding
7. Molecular marker –assisted gene pyramiding
8. Transferring multiple genes through backcross breeding
9. Transferring multiple characters through conventional multiple crossing
10. Genetic transformation
11. The impact of improvement research


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About the Editor

Mohar Singh

Dr Mohar Singh has made an outstanding contribution in the management of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture in India. His research interest reflects a continuum of high quality basic and strategic research in pulses. He has developed 3 core sets, 2 reference sets, registered 4 genetic stocks, 25 gene sequences, 06 farmer varieties and 2 lentil varieties developed through distant hybridization for rainfed areas of north-western Indian himalaya. Conducted 10 explorations on crop wild relatives (CWRs) and explored >900 wild germplasm of cereals, oilseeds and pulses. He is instrumental to initiate pre-breeding in chickpea and lentil in India for securing national nutritional demand. His pioneer research work on understanding the population structure and diversity assessment of global wild species of lentil and chickpea is very well known. This has led to the identification of most target gene sources in the secondary and tertiary gene pool of chickpea and lentil for biofortification of cultivated varieties including several yield and major biotic and abiotic stress related traits were successfully incorporated in cultivated backgrounds of these two important pulse crops. Successful deployment of marker assisted breeding for introgression of two most promising superior haplotypes with high seed weight and high pod number from cultivated and wild species into high yielding varieties of chickpea for improving their overall yield and productivity. Dr Singh has a distinguished record of high quality peer research publications to his credit including scientific reports, DNA Research, Plant Science, Frontiers in Plant Science, PLOS ONE, Plant Breeding, Crop Science, Euphytica, Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, Journal of Experimental Biology, Plant Genetic Resources of Cambridge, Journal of Genetics, Journal of Environmental Biology, Advances in Hort Science, Journal of Genetics and Breeding, and Indian J. Genet. He is recipient of Harbhajan Memorial Award.

Affiliations and Expertise

Principal Scientist, National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources Regional Station, Shimla, India

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