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The Lentil: Botany, Production and Uses

Edited By: W Erskine, F Muehlbauer, A Sarker and B Sharma

457 pages, Figs, tabs

CABI Publishing

Hardback | Jun 2009 | #178182 | ISBN-13: 9781845934873
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NHBS Price: £110.00 $145/€125 approx

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Though of ancient origin, the lentil is today very much a crop of the modern world confronted with issues of food security, poverty, water scarcity and the need to find sustainable agricultural systems in a changing climate. In the last three decades the global production of lentil had almost tripled due not only to larger harvest areas but also and more importantly to an increase in productivity.

The Lentil provides a timely synopsis of the current knowledge associated with this highly digestible and protein-packed grain with its ability to use water efficiently and to grow in marginal environments.


1. Introduction; 2. Global Production, Supply and Demand; 3. Origin, Phylogeny, Domestication and Spread; 4. Plant Morphology, Anatomy and Growth Habit; 5. Agro-ecology and Crop Adaptation; 6. Genetic Resources; 7. Genetics of Economic Traits; 8. Genetic Enhancement for Yield and Yield Stability; 9. Breeding for Short Season Environments; 10. Improvement in Developed Countries; 11. Advances in Molecular Research; 12. Breeding and Management to Minimize the Effects of Drought and Improve Water Use Efficiency; 13. Soil Nutrient Management; 14. Cropping Systems and Production Agronomy; 15. Biological Nitrogen Fixation and Soil Health Improvement; 16. Mechanization; 17. Diseases and Their Management; 18. Insect Pests and Their Management; 19. Virus Diseases and Their Control; 20. Weed Management; 21. Parasitic Weeds; 22. Seed Quality and Alternative Seed Delivery Systems; 23. Nutritional and Health-beneficial Quality; 24. Post-harvest Processing and Value Addition; 25. Food Preparation and Use; 26. The Impact of Improvement Research.

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