Background and History of the Lotus japonicus Model Legume System

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The combination of favourable biological features, stable transformation procedures, application of genetics and genome-based global approaches has established Lotus japonicus as a model legume and provided a platform for addressing important biological questions often, but not exclusively, focusing on endosymbiosis. Several important discoveries have been made, and the Lotus community has contributed novel results, promoting our understanding of plant biology as well as our understanding of properties and characteristics typical for plants belonging to the legume family. Progress has been fast since L. japonicus was first promoted as a model plant yet there are many challenges for the coming years. This introductory chapter will set the stage for some of these challenges, while possibilities and challenges emerging from specific research projects will be addressed in the chapters that follow
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Lotus japonicus Genome
EditorsSatoshi Tabata, Jens Stougaard
Number of pages6
Publication year26 Sep 2014
ISBN (print)9783662442692
Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2014
SeriesCompendium of Plant Genomes

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