Introductory Remarks to Brassicas and Legumes: From Genome Structure to Breeding
Here, at the beginning of the 21st century, we have seen the unfolding of the complete genome sequence of Arabidopsis thaliana, product of the international collaborative work of “The Arabidopsis Genome Initiative 2000” (AGI 2000). This herbaceous plant has the smallest genome size known among the flowering plants, as previously demonstrated by Meyerowitz and Pruitt (1985). As might be expected, the genome complexity of this plant was not found to be great, rendering its sequencing relatively simple. Thus the whole genome sequence of this plant has been determined. In addition, the short generation time of this plant helped ease the analysis of its genetic traits. A. thaliana is considered to be a model plant among angiosperms.
KeywordsGenome Structure Genetic Trait Sino Rhizobium Short Generation Time Introductory Remark
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