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AGILE: Application of Genomic Innovation in the Lentil Economy

The project aims to characterize the genetic variability available within the primary and secondary gene pools of the genus Lens through extensive phenotypic and genotypic study. The project is carrying out such study in three main growing regions: Northern Temperate, Mediterranean and South Asia which is led globally by University of Saskatchewan (UofS), Canada (see: However, in our case we will be more focused on phenotypic part, and observe the growth and development response of 324 different accessions of lentil collected from different genebanks in the world. Furthermore, the agro-morphological data for the project in Nepal will be used to determine the elite genotype which can be developed as variety for adoption in Nepal. Thus, it will help to use broad genetic based materials to enhance productivity and quality of lentil production in Nepal. 

In Nepal, the project will conduct field trials on lentil diversity panel in selected locations in Nepal for a minimum of two years (between 2016 and 2018). The project will collect phenological data, perform data analysis and finally enhance understanding and knowledge about the genetic diversity of lentil.

 Expected Outcomes 

  • Agro-morphological characterization of genotypes of lentil in condition of Nepal 
  • Assessment of phenotypic diversity of lentil
  • Identification of the elite genotypes that performs well in condition of Nepal, and recommend for release/registration
  • Exchange of materials and knowledge between UofS and LI-BIRD 
Project Details
Countries: Nepal
Working districts: Bardiya
Project Duration: 2016 - 2018
Funded by: University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Contact Person: Rajeev Dhakal