University of Saskatchewan Research Projects

    Nitrogen fixation is a symbiotic relation between legumes and Rhizobium that allows the bacteria to convert atmospheric nitrogen to other molecules (like ammonia) for the plant, and the plant to provide the bacteria with carbohydrates in exchange.  We now know that this process provides many great benefits to the health of our soil and crops.   

    The effectiveness/intensity of the nitrogen fixation process is dependent on both the bacteria and the legume... read more

"Milling qualities are key traits for the red lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) industry as price is largely determined by dhal recovery yield. Dhal milling involves removal of the seed coat and splitting of the cotyledon to produce either splits or footballs (cotyledons still attached). The objectives of the study were to determine the heritability of the milling traits dehulling efficiency (DE), milling recovery (MR), and football recovery (FR) and to identify the genomic... read more

    We have many different types of lentil grown in over 50 countries around the world.  The timing to grow the crop is different depending on where you are.  In Canada, lentil is sown in May and harvested in August.  Whereas in Nepal, lentil is sown in October and harvested in February the year after.  In Mediterranean countries such as Italy, lentil is sown in October but won't be harvested until May/June.

    Most lentil varieties only perform well under... read more

    Lentil breeders sometimes use exotic germplasm to broaden the genetic base and introduce desirable traits to elite cultivars. However, offsprings from these wide crosses often adapt poorly in the short growing season of western Canada. Identifying regions in the lentil genome that influences traits such as flowering time and maturity will help develop markers for breeders to effectively predict the adaption characteristics without trialing the plants in the field.  To achieve this... read more

Perhaps you belong to the largest group of lentil consumers, where lentil is part of your staple diet and has been for your ancestors for thousands of years. Perhaps you’re part of the burgeoning middle class in urban centres, where interest in lentil as a plant-based protein is on the rise. In either case, when consuming lentils anywhere on the planet, you are likely consuming the by-product of Saskatchewan innovation.

In less than 40 years, Canada has risen from a non-player, to the... read more


Growth habit is one of the most significant agronomic traits involved in the domestication process. Growth habit in lentil breeding encompasses alterations related to plant structure affecting production and yield stability. This population, IG 72643 (L. orientalis) x 3339-3 (L. culinaris), is being evaluated to investigate the genetic and phenotypic variability for agronomic and growth habit and to identify the... read more

    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... read more

Measuring biomass (above ground plant material biomass) in 6 varieties (ILL 7716, CDC Asterix, 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.

An Illumina Golden Gate array was developed using SNPs identified as part of the Common Bean 454 Sequencing & Genotyping Project.

This project contains phenotypes taken opportunistically during RIL Development of LR-68. Only orphan data taken during RIL development should be included in this project It should not include data taken as part of a graduate student project or data taken to answer a specific question.