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Obituary for Prof Dr Sabine Gruber from the project partners

Project description

LinSel – Selection of lentil (Lens culinaris L.) genotypes suited for sustainable cropping systems

LinSel aims to provide farmers with lentil genotypes (Lens culinaris L.) that are well adapted to Central European conditions. The aim is to increase yield, yield stability and quality and subsequently to expand the cultivation of a leguminous crop. Within the project genotypes will be identified, selected, further developed and tested in order to achieve an optimal adaptation to cultivation systems in Germany and to establish lentil as a "new" old crop.

In this context, cultivation beyond the traditional locations is also aimed at. The results of the project can extend the product range of breeders, farmers and consumers by a legume crop, which is especially used in resource-saving mixed cropping as well as in organic farming.

Project summary

Funded by:BMEL - BÖLN - Eiweißpflanzenstrategie
Project partners:
  • Institute of Crop Science at the University of Hohenheim
    • Working group of Agronomy
    • Working group of Quality of Plant Products
  • Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Department of Genebank
  • Keyserlink-Institute
  • Erzeugergemeinschaft Lauteracher Alb-Feld-Früchte [Producers' association of Lauteracher Alb field crops]

Site specific adaptation and the use of natural selection in on-farm management to support breeding of improved varieties and populations for diverse sites are investigated. Four genetically diverse populations (derived from 20 F3 lines and 4 F8 lines, respectively) were subject to natural selection at three locations for three years. The breeding lines derived from the breeding program of the University of Saskatchewan / Canada.

Trial locations:

  • Neu-Eichenberg (loam),
  • Gut Fahrenbach (clay)
  • ZALF in Brandenburg (sand, drough-prone)