Projects

2015 to 2019
Development of improved lentil cultivars well-adapted to the local environment is an on-going process in the breeding program and is critical for long-term genetic gain. Recent climate instability adds another layer of complexity to breeding efforts. Continued genetic improvement of lentil will, therefore, involve the introduction of new alleles that extend beyond the existing adapted pool of germplasm. Our goal in AGILE is to enhance the productivity and quality of Canadian lentils by expediting the expansion of genetic diversity of the Canadian lentil germplasm base with the use of genomic technologies.
2016 to 2018
<p>A diverse collection of lentil accessions is being phenotyped for days to flower and screened against potential flowering time genes Identified by other researcher groups. In addition to the confirmation and the development of markers useful for the prediction of flowering time in northern temperate (Sask.) conditions, the identification of other candidate flowering time genes are goals of this project.</p>
2015 to 2017
Stone seeds, which are seeds that do not absorb water, are considered a negative seed quality characteristic because they need to be removed before commercial processing. A high physical dormancy at the end of seed development is found to be the cause of this issue, but it is not known how or when it develops. This project will focus on attempting to determine when the seeds begin to develop physical dormancy, and also how to avoid hard seededness through harvest times.
2017
This project is being conducted with 15 strains belonging to the species R. leguminosarum, R. lentils, R. bangladeshense, R. binae and the lentil variety CDC Maxim in Sutherland, Saskatoon. The experiment is replicated 8 times for a total of 120 plots. At flowering I will be measuring: number of nodules (NN), location in the root (LO), color (C), nodule dry weight (NDW), root dry weight (RDW), occupancy (O). At maturity: number of pots per plant (NPP), seeds per pot (SPP), Thousand seed weight (TSW) and yield (Y).
2017
<p>This project is being conducted in the agriculture greenhouses with the 7 Lens species and the commercial strain of R. leguminosarum BASF 4035.</p>
2017
<p><span style="color: #212121; font-family: Helvetica, Arial; font-size: 13px;">Measuring biomass (above ground plant material biomass) in 6 varieties (ILL 7716, CDC Astrix, PI 490288 LSP, CDC Redcoat, CDC Cherry, ILL 9888) with a sample (micro plot -3 replicates) taken every two weeks. To correlate biomass with a volume estimate from UAV images.</span></p>
2017
<p><span style="color: #212121; font-family: Helvetica, Arial; font-size: 13px;">This project intends to take flowering time related data on 122 lines of the LR-11 population. Plots will be grown at 2 locations (Rosthern and Sutherland) with each site having 3 replicates grown in a randomized block design.</span></p>
2017
<p><span style="color: #212121; font-family: Helvetica, Arial; font-size: 13px;">One replicate. Looking at domestication traits. Opportunistic phenotyping based on what they see.</span></p>
2017
<p><span style="color: #212121; font-family: Helvetica, Arial; font-size: 13px;">One rep in preston and 3 reps in field lab in pots. Looking at domestication traits. Opportunistic phenotyping based on what they see.</span></p>
2017
<p><span style="color: #212121; font-family: Helvetica, Arial; font-size: 13px;">Studying shattering interspecific culinaris x orientalist. Known to be segregating. Found a QTL last year so we are looking to confirm.</span></p>

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