Introductory Remarks to Brassicas and Legumes: From Genome Structure to Breeding

  • T. Nagata
  • S. Tabata
Part of the Biotechnology in Agriculture and Forestry book series (AGRICULTURE, volume 52)


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.


Genome Structure Genetic Trait Sino Rhizobium Short Generation Time Introductory Remark 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Nagata
    • 1
  • S. Tabata
    • 2
  1. 1.Graduate School of Science, Department of Biological SciencesThe University of TokyoBunkyo-ku, TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Kazusa DNA Research InstituteKisarazu, ChibaJapan

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