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Kirstin E. Bett Professor

4D80 - Agriculture Building

Research Area(s)

  • Pulse crop genomics and dry bean breeding


Plant Sciences, Crop Development Centre


  • Ph.D (University of Saskatchewan)
  • M.Sc. (University of Guelph)
  • B.Sc. (University of Guelph)

Selected Recent Publications

Sandesh Neupane, Rajeev Dhakal, Derek M. Wright, Deny K. Shrestha, Bishnu Dhakal, and Kirstin E. Bett. 2021. Strategic identification of new genetic diversity to expand lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) Production [using Nepal as an example]. Agronomy 11(10):1933. https://doi.org/10.3390/agronomy11101933

 Thuan Ha, Hema Duddu, Kirstin E. Bett, Steve Shirtliffe. 2021. A semi-automatic workflow to extract irregularly aligned plots and sub-plots in plant breeding studies. Remote Sensing 13(24), 4997. https://doi.org/10.3390/rs13244997

Teketel A. Haile, Robert Stonehouse, James L. Weller, and Kirstin E. Bett. 2021. Genetic Basis for Lentil Adaptation to Summer Cropping in Northern Temperate Environments. The Plant Genome 2021; e20144  https://doi.org/10.1002/tpg2.20144

 Tadesse S. Gela, Larissa Ramsay, Teketel A. Haile, Albert Vandenberg, and Kirstin E. Bett. 2021. Identification of anthracnose (Colletotrichum lentis) race 1 resistance loci in lentil by integrating linkage mapping and a genome-wide association study. The Plant Genome 2021;e20131 https://doi.org/10.1002/tpg2.20131

 Lacey-Anne Sanderson, Carolyn Caron, Reynold Tan, Kirstin E Bett. A PostgreSQL Tripal solution for large scale genotypic and phenotypic data. Database, Volume 2021, 2021, baab051, https://doi.org/10.1093/database/baab051

 Hai Ying Yuan, Carolyn Caron, Larissa Ramsay, Richard Fratini, Marcelino Perez de la Vega, Albert Vandenberg, James Weller, Kirstin E Bett. Genetic and gene expression analysis of flowering time regulation by light quality in lentil. Annals of Botany https://doi.org/10.1093/aob/mcab083

Guerra-García, A., Gioia, T., von Wettberg, E., Logozzo, G., Papa, R., Bitocchi, E., & Bett, K. E. 2021. Intelligent characterization of lentil genetic resources: evolutionary history, genetic diversity of germplasm, and the need for well represented collections. Current Protocols 1, e134 https://doi.org/10.1002/cpz1.134

Larn S. McMurray, Christopher Preston, Albert Vandenberg, Isabel Munoz-Santa, Dili Mao, Kirstin E. Bett, Simon Michelmore and Jeffrey G. Paull. 2021. Paternal leakage inheritance and a fitness cost are associated with the chloroplastic psbA gene controlled metribuzin tolerance in lentil (Lens culinaris). Euphytica 217:103 https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-021-22858-x

Samira Mafi Moghaddam, Atena Oladzad, Chushin Koh, Larissa Ramsay, John P. Hart, Sujan Mamidi, Genevieve Hoopes, Avinash Sreedasyam, Andrew Wiersma, Dongyan Zhao, Jane Grimwood, John P. Hamilton, Jerry Jenkins, Brieanne Vaillancourt, Joshua C. Wood, Jeremy Schmutz, Sateesh Kagale, Timothy Porch, Kirstin E. Bett, C. Robin Buell, and Phillip E. McClean. 2021. The tepary bean genome provides insight into evolution and domestication under heat stress. Nature Communications. 12: 2638

Tadesse S Gela, Chu Shin Koh, Li-An Chen, Carolyn Caron, Albert Vandenberg, Kirstin E Bett. 2021. QTL mapping of lentil anthracnose (Colletotrichum lentis) resistance from Lens ervoides accession IG 72815 in an interspecific RIL population. Euphytica 217:70 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10681-021-02804-0

Derek M. Wright*, Sandesh Neupane*, Taryn Heidecker, Teketel A. Haile, Crystal Chan, Clarice J. Coyne, Rebecca J. McGee, Sripada Udupa, Fatima Henkrar, Eleonora Barilli, Diego Rubiales, Tania Gioia, Giuseppina Logozzo, Stefania Marzario, Reena Mehra, Ashutosh Sarker, Rajeev Dhakal, Babul Anwar, Debashish Sarkar, Albert Vandenberg, and Kirstin E. Bett. 2020. Understanding photothermal interactions will help expand production range and increase genetic diversity of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.). Plants People Planet. 3(2):171-181. https://doi.org/10.1002/ppp3.10158 * contributed equally.

Nishat S Islam, Kirstin E Bett, K Peter Pauls, Frederic Marsolais, and Sangeeta Dhaubhadel. Postharvest seed coat darkening in pinto bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is regulated by Psd, an allele of the basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor P. Plants, People, Planet https://doi.org/10.1002/ppp3.10132 

Halcro, K., K. McNabb, A. Lockinger, D. Socquet-Juglard, K. Bett, and S. Noble. 2020. The BELT and phenoSEED platforms: shape and colour phenotyping of seed samples. Plant Methods 16, 49 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13007-020-00591-8

Teketel A. Haile, Taryn Heidecker, Derek Wright, Sandesh Neupane, Larissa Ramsay, Albert Vandenberg, and Kirstin E. Bett. 2020. Genomic Selection for Lentil Breeding: Empirical Evidence. The Plant Genome. 13:e20002. DOI: 10.1002/tpg2.20002

Awards and Medals

  • Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, 2020
  • Distinguished Achievement Award from the Bean Improvement Cooperative, 2013


PLSC 405 Genetics of Plant Populations
PLSC 411 Plant Breeding
PLSC 803 Advanced Plant Breeding
PLSC 898 Digital Phenotyping