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Crop Biotech Update

Draft Lentil Genome Assembly Released

January 20, 2016

Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) in Saskatoon, Canada have released a draft lentil genome assembly, based on CDC Redberry, a well-known small red lentil variety developed by Bert Vandenberg, a U of S plant sciences professor and lentil breeder.

"The lentil genome assembly will provide important information to help us better understand this crop. More importantly, it will lead to development of genomic tools that will help improve breeding practices and accelerate varietal development," said Kirstin Bett, U of S professor and project lead of the international lentil sequencing effort. Supported by the farmer group Saskatchewan Pulse Growers (SPG), sequencing of the lentil genome will provide breeders with the tools to create improved varieties.

More details are available at the University of Saskatchewan News and at KnowPulse.