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Cell Mol Life Sci. 2011 Apr;68(8):1341-51. doi: 10.1007/s00018-011-0651-4. Epub 2011 Mar 5.

Function and evolution of nodulation genes in legumes.

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  • 1National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, 2-1-2 Kannondai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.


Root nodule (RN) symbiosis has a unique feature in which symbiotic bacteria fix atmospheric nitrogen. The symbiosis is established with a limited species of land plants, including legumes. How RN symbiosis evolved is still a mystery, but recent findings on legumes genes that are necessary for RN symbiosis may give us a clue.

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