The bruchid, Callosobruchus analis L., is a common storage insect pest of leguminous pulses including lentil (Lens culinaris Medikus). This study was conducted to document relative resistance and susceptibility differences among the eight lentil genotypes against C. analis. Feeding preference, weight lost after feeding, frass weight obtained, reproduction and development time of the bruchid pest, thickness of the outer seed coat and percentage germination were measured to determine the reaction of lentil genotypes. The results showed that none of the genotypes screened was completely free from bruchid infestation. Seeds of genotype AEL-49/20 were least infested and displayed relatively tolerant response; conversely, genotype AEL-23/40 harboured the maximum infestation and was highly susceptible. The remaining six genotypes, Matiary-S, AEL-57/50, M-85, ICARDA-8, AEL-28/40 and M-93 were categorized as intermediate (moderate resistant or moderate susceptible) to the attack of bruchids. Significant (P ≤ 0.05) variations existed among the lentil genotypes with respect to seed coat thickness (from 19 to 39 µm), playing an important role in imparting resistance. Germination test of tolerant genotype AEL-49/20 showed 91 % emergence potential. The results emphasize the importance of resistance development to maximize the protection of L. culinaris against C. analis.
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