Botanical descriptions

Jitendra Kumar, Shiv Kumar, Kadambot H.M. Siddique

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The word “lentil” is derived from the Latin word “lens,” which was used subsequently to designate a specific genus. This is one of the oldest cultivated crops, grown in harsh and cool environments. The genus Lens has been differentiated from the tribe Vicieae. This chapter details the botanical descriptions of lentil crops, including their history, separation of genus lens in the tribe Vicieae, morphological and molecular characterization of Lens species, origin, domestication, and evolution of cultivated species, and botanical features of domesticated species.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Lentil Genome
Subtitle of host publicationGenetics, Genomics and Breeding
EditorsJitendra Kumar, Debjyoti Sen Gupta, Shiv Kumar
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780443194108
ISBN (Print) 9780443194092
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2024


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