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Seed morphology, quality traits and imbibition behaviour study of atypical lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) from Rajasthan, India


An atypical morphotype of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) was identified during mega germplasm characterization programme at ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi undertaken during rabi 2017–2018. On the basis of the comparative evaluation of lentil morphotype with two distinct subspecies, viz., L. culinaris subsp. macrosperma and L. culinaris subsp. microsperma, this atypical morphotype was classified under the latter subspecies. Based on comparative study with selected accessions for seed morphology, quality traits and physiology, this accession was identified with very distinct and prominent funiculus on the seed coat, higher rate of water uptake and nutritional traits (rich in sugar, starch, protein and minerals). Present studies identified this germplasm as unique type that deserves for the detailed study to explore its genetic resource potential.

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We thank Director, ICAR-NBPGR for his support and encouragement in undertaking this work. We are grateful to Dr Ashutosh Sarker, Co-ordinator for South Asia & China Regional Program & Food Legume Breeder, ICARDA for constructive suggestions during the preparation of the manuscript. We wish to place on record the great efforts and contributions of technical and field staff in carrying out this work successfully.


Study was conducted by using the institutional funding resources from ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi.

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Tripathi, K., Gore, P.G., Pandey, A. et al. Seed morphology, quality traits and imbibition behaviour study of atypical lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) from Rajasthan, India. Genet Resour Crop Evol 66, 697–706 (2019).

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  • Characterization
  • Funiculus
  • Lentil
  • Morphotype
  • Rajasthan