Winter sowing of adapted lines as a potential yield increase strategy in lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.)

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Author list: Barrios A
Aparicio T
Rodriguez MJ
de la Vega MP
Caminero C
Publisher: Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria
Publication year: 2016
Volume number: 14
Issue number: 2
Number of pages: 7
ISSN: 1695-971X
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB)


Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik. subsp. culinaris) is a traditional crop in Spain although current grain yield in Spain is relatively low and unstable. The effect of an early sowing date (winter sowing) on yield in the Spanish Central Plateau (meseta) was analyzed comparing it to the traditional spring sowing. Yield from eleven cultivars currently available for sowing in Spain and two F-6:7 populations of recombinant inbred lines (RIL), 'Precoz' x 'WA8649041' (89 lines) and 'BGE016365' x 'ILL1918' (118 lines), was evaluated in winter and spring sowing dates for three seasons (2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08) and two localities. Yield and stability were assessed by the method of consistency of performance with some modifications. When comparing with the best currently available cultivars sown in the traditional spring sowing date, (with an estimated average yield of 43.9 g/m in our experimental conditions), winter sowing using adapted breeding lines proved to be a suitable strategy for increasing lentil yield and yield stability in the Spanish meseta, with an average yield increase of 111% (reaching an estimated yield of 92.8 g/m). Results point to that lentil production can greatly increase in the Spanish meseta if adequate plant materials, such as some of the lines analyzed, are sown at late fall.


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