What's a lentil to do but flower?

2017 to 2018

    Today, superior Canadian lentil cultivars are expected to grow well in our northern growing conditions while being resilient to various abiotic and biotic stresses.  The breeders achieve this by using diverse materials in their crosses, but need to ensure that offspring from these crosses can flower and mature at the right time in Saskatchewan. If we could predict flowering and maturity traits in lentil effectively using genetic markers, we will then be able to devote more valuable resources to evaluating other important traits such as yield, disease resistance and seed quality.

    To develop genetic markers, we are studying a RIL population from a cross between a South Asian line and a Canadian line.  Under Saskatchewan field conditions, this population segregates for days to flowering and other traits related to plant development and maturity. The population has been genotyped and we will identify genetic regions influencing flowering time and maturity traits and turn over markers for these traits to lentil  breeders.


LR-11 (cv. "Barimasur-4" x cv. "CDC Milestone")


Sutherland, Saskatchewan

Rosthern, Saskatchewan

Traits phenotyped:

Days to Emergence

Days to 10% Flowering

Days to 75% Flowering

Days to Maturity

Days to Harvest

Node of First Flower


Exome Capture

Linkage Mapping

QTL mapping

Who is working on this?

Taryn Heidecker

The following indivuals or groups have particpated in development or execution of this project
1Taryn Heidecker
Additional information about this project:
Property NameValue
LocationSutherland, Saskatchewan
GenotypeAGILE LDP Exome Capture
PhenotypeDays to Emergence
SpeciesLens culinaris
GermplasmLR-11 (cv. "Barimasur-4" x cv. "CDC Milestone")
LocationRosthern, Saskatchewan
CollaboratorTaryn Hiedecker
PhenotypeDays to 10% Flowering
PhenotypeDays to 75% Flowering
TypeResearch Experiment
PhenotypeDays to Maturity
PhenotypeDays to Harvest
PhenotypeNode of First Flower
CategoryBreeding & Genetics
Research Area
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