What makes a wild lentil wild?


    Growth habit, seed size and shattering are some of the most significant agronomic traits involved in the domestication process. Wild lentils tend to be prostrate while cultivated ones need to be upright, especially for disease avoidance and mechanical harvesting. Wild lentil seeds are tiny while cultivated ones tend to be slightly to significantly larger, depending on market class.  Shattering is an effective method of seed dispersal in the wild but leads to terrible yields under crop conditions!

    We are phenotyping and genotyping several interspecific RIL populations with a view to tagging regions of the lentil genome associated with the shift from a wild phenotype to a more farmer-friendly one. For phenotyping purposes, we are developing an imaging system (Nielsen, K et al, manuscript in preparation) to characterize more accurately and automatically traits such as leaf surface area and biomass.


LR-68 (IG 72643 x 3339-3)

LR-70 (cv. Eston x L. odemensis IG 72623)

LR-86 (cv. Lupa x L. orientalis BGE016880)



Traits phenotyped: 


Presence of tendrils

Growth habit - scale of 1-3 (1 = Prostrate, 2= Semi erect, 3= Erect)

Flowering time

Leaf surface area

Time to the first pod



Seed weight

Seed size

Seed color


Genotyping by sequencing

Who is working on this?

Didier Socquet-Juglard

Google scholar: https://scholar.google.fr/citations?user=WLfehYcAAAAJ&hl=fr

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/didier-socquet/

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Didier_Socquet-Juglard

Devini De Silva

Hai Ying Yuan

Ketema Abdi

Marcelino Perez de la Vega

Richard Frantini

Karsten Nielsen

Steve Shirtliffe 

Research Area
Breeding & Genetics

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Sequences, Variants & Markers