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Orphan legume crops enter the genomics era!

Varshney, R.K.ORCID: 0000-0002-4562-9131, Close, T.J., Singh, N.K., Hoisington, D.A. and Cook, D.R. (2009) Orphan legume crops enter the genomics era! Current Opinion in Plant Biology, 12 (2). pp. 202-210.

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Many of the world's most important food legumes are grown in arid and semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia, where crop productivity is hampered by biotic and abiotic stresses. Until recently, these crops have also suffered from a dearth of genomic and molecular-genetic resources and thus were ‘orphans’ of the genome revolution. However, the community of legume researchers has begun a concerted effort to change this situation. The driving force is a series of international collaborations that benefit from recent advances in genome sequencing and genotyping technologies. The focus of these activities is the development of genome-scale data sets that can be used in high-throughput approaches to facilitate genomics-assisted breeding in these legumes.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
Copyright: © 2008 Elsevier Ltd.
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