Legume biology: the basis for crop improvement

Varshney, R K and Kudapa, H (2013) Legume biology: the basis for crop improvement. Functional Plant Biology, 40 (12). pp. 5-8. ISSN 1445-4408

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Legumes represent the most valued food sources in agriculture after cereals. Despite the advances made in breeding food legumes, there is a need to develop and further improve legume productivity to meet increasing food demand worldwide. Several biotic and abiotic stresses affect legume crop productivity throughout the world. The study of legume genetics, genomics and biology are all important in order to understand the limitations of yield of legume crops and to support our legume breeding programs. With the advent of huge genomic resources and modern technologies, legume research can be directed towards precise understanding of the target genes responsible for controlling important traits for yield potential, and for resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses. Programmed and systematic research will lead to developing high yielding, stress tolerant and early maturing varieties. This issue of Functional Plant Biology is dedicated to ‘Legume Biology’ research covering part of the work presented at VI International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics held at Hyderabad, India, in 2012. The 13 contributions cover recent advances in legume research in the context of plant architecture and trait mapping, functional genomics, biotic stress and abiotic stress.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: candidate genes, chickpea, functional genomics, Lotus, Medicago, peanut, soybean, trait mapping, transcriptome.
Subjects: Others > Food Legumes
Others > Genetics and Genomics
Others > Agriculture-Farming, Production, Technology, Economics
Depositing User: Mr Sanat Kumar Behera
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2014 11:01
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2014 11:01
URI: http://oar.icrisat.org/id/eprint/7406
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/FPv40n12_FO
Funders: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Indian Council of Agricultural Research , Generation Challenge Programme
Acknowledgement: RKV and HK, as guest editors would like to acknowledge support from ‘VI International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics’ (ICLGG). This conference was supported by International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) and CGIAR Generation Challenge Program. ICRISAT is a member of CGIAR Consortium
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