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Trends Plant Sci. 2005 May;10(5):222-8.

Lotus japonicus: legume research in the fast lane.

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Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Am M├╝hlenberg 1, 14476 Golm, Germany. udvardi@mpimp-golm.mpg.de

Abstract

Legumes are of immense importance to humanity and a key to sustainable agriculture. Two model species, Lotus japonicus and Medicago truncatula, are the focus of genome sequencing and functional genomics programmes, but most researchers focus exclusively on one or the other. In spite of this, legume researchers now have a unique opportunity to integrate work on these and other legume species, including soybean, common bean and pea to create a platform for comparative genomics second to none of any other plant family. The question is: do we have the scientific fortitude and political will to achieve this?

PMID:
15882654
DOI:
10.1016/j.tplants.2005.03.008
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