Lens culinaris

Overview
GenusLens
Speciesculinaris
Common NameCultivated Lentil
AbbreviationL.culinaris

Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) is an important pulse crop with annual production of 3-4 Mt across 70 countries (Cubero et al. 2009. DOI 10.1079/9781845934873.0000; pg. 13). Lentils are a good source of protein, carbohydrates, micronutrients and vitamins for human nutrition and is consumed in more than 120 countries. Furthermore, their small seed size and flat shape make them relatively quick cooking and easily decorticated compared to most other grain legumes (Sharpe et al. 2013. BMC Genomics. DOI 10.1186/1471-2164-14-192). The Lentil plant has a bushy growth habit with a height of about 40 cm; the seeds are lens-shaped and usually grow two per pod.

Nutrition

Lentils offer many health benefits for human nutrition since they are high in fibre, protein, complex carbohydrate and low in calories and fat. The high level of soluble fiber and complex carbohydrates found in lentils can help people stabilize blood sugar levels. The high protein content can help people who want to boost their protein intake. Using lentils to replace meat can reduce saturated fat intake while supplying important nutrients for your daily diet since lentils are an excellent source of potassium, folate, iron, mangansese and other minerals. Also, they are naturally gluten-free can help people who are gluten intolerant. Therefore, lentils can be your perfect choice if you are looking for healthy food options.

Morphology

Lens culinaris (cultivated lentil) is generally between 20 and 30 cm tall, but some cultivars can grow as tall as 75 cm and as short as 15 cm. Lentil is indeterminate which means growth habits of lentil can be considerable different: erect to semi-erect and compact growth to branched low bushy forms. Other morphological features, like number of leaflets, flower colour, seed size, cotyledon colour and days to maturity also exhibit a wide range of variations. The variations are mainly determined by genotypes but can be fairly affected by environmental conditions.

Properties
Property NameValue
Genome Size~4 Gbp
Plant breedingHigh Yield, Lodging Tolerance, Appropriate Size, Shape, Seed Coat Colour & Quality, and Resistance to Ascochyta Blight, Anthracnose, Stemphylium Blight & Botrytis.
Modal Chromosome Number2n = 14
PloidyDiploid
Principal Investigator
  • Albert (Bert) Vandenberg Albert (Bert) Vandenberg: Breeding lentil varieties and conducting related research in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Kirstin E. Bett Kirstin E. Bett: Breeding lentil and dry (common) bean varieties and conducting related research in collaboration with colleagues.
Taxonomycellular organisms; Eukaryota; Viridiplantae; Streptophyta; Streptophytina; Embryophyta; Tracheophyta; Euphyllophyta; Spermatophyta; Magnoliophyta; Mesangiospermae; eudicotyledons; Gunneridae; Pentapetalae; rosids; fabids; Fabales; Fabaceae; Papilionoideae; Fabeae; Lens
Seed phenotypeLarge Green, Medium Green, Small Green, Small Red, Extra Small Red, as well as, a Few Minor Specialty Classes.
Germplasm Data
The following germplasm data is currently available:
Stock TypeCount
Single Cross2,473
Individual1,509
Triple Cross1,503
Accession1,138
DNA1,001
Multiple Cross386
Backcross248
Double Cross138
Variety100
Recombinant Inbred Line41
Population26
Sequence & Variant Data
The following sequence and variant data are currently present:
Feature TypeCount
marker56,562
marker56,562
SNP52,183
SNP52,183
contig28,939
contig28,939
EST9,513
EST9,513
MNP1,543
MNP1,543
read_pair1,206
read_pair1,206
indel789
indel789
Nutritional Facts

Lentils, raw (dry weight)

Energy
343.00
kcal
Carbohydrate, by difference
60.08
g
Fiber, total dietary
30.50
g
Sugars, total
2.03
g
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