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dc.contributorSarker, Ashutoshen_US
dc.contributorAgrawal, Shiv Kumaren_US
dc.creatorErskine, Williamen_US
dc.identifier.citationWilliam Erskine, Ashutosh Sarker, Shiv Kumar Agrawal. (9/4/2011). Crops that feed the world 3. Investing in lentil improvement toward a food secure world. Food Security, 127.en_US
dc.description.abstractLentils play a major role in the food and nutritional security of millions, particularly among low-income Asian families, because of the high protein content of their seed. As is the case for many pulses, lentils play an important role as a rotation crop, enhancing soil fertility and providing other environmental services in production systems. While its production has risen globally at 8.6 kg/ha/year from 1961 to 2008, the major challenge is to increase investment in lentil improvement (both research and outreach) in countries where the crop is part of the production system. Where currently grown the major abiotic stresses are low moisture availability and high temperatures in spring, and winter cold at high elevations. Among biotic stresses, rust, and vascular wilt are key, and resistance has resulted in improvements in performance. Additional production constraints include the agronomic problems of pod loss, lodging and poor crop management. Adequate variability for most genetic constraints exists within the gene pool allowing breeding. However, several key traits, such as biomass yield, pod shed, nitrogen fixation and resistance to aphids are not currently addressable by breeding because of insufficient variation. Among lentil-producing developing countries, policies have not yet focused on lentil development needs to enhance food security and provide a remunerative rotation crop for cereals. Looking towards a future in which there is likely to be less water available to agriculture, climate change, food insecurity, rising costs for inorganic nitrogen fertilizer, and an increasingly nutrition-conscious society-collectively these give a bright future for a highly nutritious food produced by a nitrogen-fixing crop such as lentil adapted to the farming systems of marginal lands.en_US
dc.publisherSpringer (part of Springer Nature)en_US
dc.sourceFood Security;127,(2011)en_US
dc.subjectfood legumeen_US
dc.titleCrops that feed the world 3. Investing in lentil improvement toward a food secure worlden_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
cg.creator.idSarker, Ashutosh: 0000-0002-9074-4876en_US
cg.creator.idAgrawal, Shiv Kumar: 0000-0001-8407-3562en_US
cg.contributor.centerInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.centerThe University of Western Australia, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture - UWA - FoNAS - CLIMAen_US
cg.contributor.funderInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.contributor.projectCommunication and Documentation Information Services (CODIS)en_US
cg.contributor.project-lead-instituteInternational Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas - ICARDAen_US
cg.isijournalISI Journalen_US
dc.identifier.statusTimeless limited accessen_US
cg.journalFood Securityen_US

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