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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

Souter J, Gurusamy V, Porch T, Bett K. 2017. Successful introgression of abiotic stress tolerance from wild tepary bean to common bean. Crop Science 57:1–12. doi: 10.2135/cropsci2016.10.0851

Hai Ying Yuan, Shyamali Saha, Albert Vandenberg and Kirstin E. Bett. 2017. Flowering and growth responses of cultivated lentil and wild Lens germplasm towards the differences in red to far-red ratio and photosynthetic active radiation. Front. Plant Sci. 8:386

Mirali M, Purves RW, Stonehouse R, Song R, Bett K, Vandenberg A (2016) Genetics and Biochemistry of Zero-Tannin Lentils. PLoS ONE 11(10): e0164624. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0164624

Hamid Khazaei, Carolyn T Caron, Michael Fedoruk, Marwan Diapari, Albert Vandenberg, Clarice J Coyne, Rebecca McGee, Kirstin E Bett. Genetic diversity of cultivated lentil (Lens culinaris Medik.) and its relation to the world’s agro-ecological zones. Frontiers in Plant Sci. 7:1093.

Neha Gujaria-Verma, Larissa Ramsay, Andrew G. Sharpe, Lacey-Anne Sanderson, Daniel G. Debouck, Bunyamin Tar’an, and Kirstin E. Bett. 2016. Gene-based SNP discovery in tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolius) and common bean (P. vulgaris) for diversity analysis and comparative mapping.  BMC Genomics 17:239. DOI: 10.1186/s12864-016-2499-3

Melissa ML Wong, Neha Gujaria-Verma, Larissa Ramsay, Hai Ying Yuan, Carolyn Caron, Marwan Diapari, Albert Vandenberg, Kirstin E Bett. 2015. Classification and characterization of species within the genus Lens using genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS). PLoS ONE 10(3): e0122025. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0122025

Gujaria-Verma N, Vail SL, Carrasquilla-Garcia N, Penmetsa R, Cook DR, Farmer AD, Vandenberg A and Bett KE. 2014. Genetic mapping of legume orthologs reveals high conservation of synteny between lentil species and the sequenced genomes of Medicago and chickpea. Front. Plant Sci. 5:676. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2014.00676

K. E. Bett and S. Banniza. 2014. Population study of Xanthomonas spp. from the bean growing regions of Canada. Can. J. Plant Pathol. 36: 341-353 doi: 10.1080/07060661.2014.925000

Michael J. Fedoruk, Albert Vandenberg and Kirstin E. Bett 2013. QTL Analysis of Seed Quality Characteristics in Lentil (Lens culinaris ssp. culinaris Medik.) using SNP markers. The Plant Genome doi: 10.3835/plantgenome2013.05.0012.

Lacey-Anne Sanderson, Stephen P. Ficklin, Chun-Huai Cheng, Sook Jung, Frank A. Feltus, Kirstin E. Bett, Dorrie Main. 2013. Tripal v1.1:  a Standards-based Platform for Construction of Online Genetic and Genomic Databases. Database: the journal of biological databases and curation.

Andrew G. Sharpe, Larissa Ramsay, Lacey-Anne Sanderson, Michael J. Fedoruk, Wayne E. Clarke, Rong Li, Sateesh Kagale, Perumal Vijayan, Albert Vandenberg, Kirstin E. Bett. 2013.  Ancient orphan crop joins modern era: gene-based SNP discovery and mapping in lentil. BMC Genomics 14:192

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