Any crop breeding program is a balancing act. For every problem you look to address, you potentially open the door to new and unexpected ones or risk losing desired traits. The more traits you try and breed into a crop, the more you have to think about how those traits affect each other. That’s the situation lentil breeders find themselves in as they try and address the big issues facing producers and try to anticipate future issues as well.
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I spoke to Saskatchewan Pulse Growers Director and Research Scientist Dr Bert Vandenberg about the current efforts underway in lentil breeding and how those complex issues are balanced.
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