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Enhancing the value of legume genetic resources using core/mini core and applied genomic tools

Upadhyaya, H.D., Dwivedi, S.L., Varshney, R.K.ORCID: 0000-0002-4562-9131, Gowda, C.L.L., Bhattacharjee, R., Hoisington, D.A. and Vadez, V. (2009) Enhancing the value of legume genetic resources using core/mini core and applied genomic tools. In: International Conference on Current Trends in Biotechnology and Implications in Agriculture, 19 - 21 February 2009, Meerut, India.


Grain legumes are rich resource of dietary proteins, minerals, and vitamins; however, productivity remains low, narrow genetic base of the cultivars being one of the several reasons to low productivity. Worldwide approximately half a million legume germplasm acceSSIOns are preserved in genebanks. However, there has been limited use of these resources in crop breeding. Core collection (10% of the entire collection), a subset of accessions representing at least 70% of the genetic variation in the entire collection of the species, has been suggested as a gateway to enhance utilization of germpJasm. Core and mini core (10% of core) collections have been reported in several legumes that when evaluated identified new sources of variation for agronomic traits including resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Legumes genomics resources in the past lagged behind cereals. However, situation dramatically changed with emergence of Medicago truncatula, Lotus japonicus, and Glycine max as models for comparative genomics within legume family. Several genomic resources including markers, maps, transcriptomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and bioinformatics resources have been developed. These resources in model plants will not only allow investigation of basic processes important to legumes, but also open the possibility to transfer those processes to- or locate them in other crop species including several legumes. Several genomic projects are developing tools for less-studied legumes which are economically important in Africa and Asia. These genetic and genomic resources represent major milestones in the history of…

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