Laboratory-and Field-Phenotyping for Drought Stress Tolerance and Diversity Study in Lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.)
  • Shahida Akter, Israt Jahan, Md. Amir Hossain*, Mohammad Anwar Hossain*
Department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, 2202, Bangladesh
* Corresponding Authors: Md. Amir Hossain. Email:; Mohammad Anwar Hossain. Email:
Received 24 September 2020; Accepted 01 December 2020 ;
Drought susceptibility and low genetic variability are the major constraints of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) production worldwide. Development of an efficient pre-field drought phenotyping technique and identification of diversified drought tolerant lentil genotype(s) are therefore vital and necessary. Two separate experiments were conducted using thirty diverse lentil genotypes to isolate drought tolerant genotype(s) as well as to assess their diversity. In both of the experiments, significant (p ≤ 0.01) variation in genotype (G), treatment (T) and G X T was observed for most of the studied traits. In experiment I, genotypes were examined for drought tolerance at the seedlings stage under hydroponic conditions by assessing root and shoot traits. Among the 30 genotypes studied, BM-1247, BM-1227 and BM-502 were selected as highly tolerant to drought stress as they showed maximum seedling survivability and minimum reduction in growth parameters under drought stress. In experiment II, the genotypes were assayed for diversity and drought stress tolerance based on morphological traits grown under field condition. Drought stress caused a substantial reduction in yield attributing traits, however, the genotypes BM-1247, BM-981, BM-1227 and BM-502 were categorized as drought tolerant genotypes with less than 20% yield reduction. The field screening result of drought stress tolerance was coincided well with the results of laboratory screening. Genetic divergence study reflected the presence of considerable diversity among the genotypes. Considering laboratory and field screening results, the genotypes, BM-1247, BM-1227, BM-981 and BM- 502 were selected as the best drought tolerant genotypes. This information can be exploited for further breeding in developing drought tolerance in lentil.
Lentil; water stress; seedling survival; yield attributing traits; phenotypic diversity