The breeding objectives at the ICARDA and in national programs are targeted to address the specific needs of different agroecological regions. A world collection of wild and cultivated lentil germplasms is maintained at the ICARDA and has been instrumental in the development of improved genetic stocks suitable for different environmental niches. Except for a few traits, sufficient variability for important economic characters including stress resistance is present in this germplasm for use in breeding programs. Following a bulk–pedigree method, the lentil breeding program at the ICARDA constructs new genotypes to deliver to the national programs. To date, a total of 137 lentil varieties in combination with various desirable traits have been released by 34 national programs emanated from the ICARDA-supplied germplasm.
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