Developmental specialisations in the legume family

Julie MI Hofer, TH Noel Ellis

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The legume family is astonishingly diverse; inventiveness in the form of novel organs, modified organs and additional meristems, is rife. Evolutionary changes can be inferred from the phylogenetic pattern of this diversity, but a full understanding of the origin of these 'hopeful monsters' of meristematic potential requires clear phylogenetic reconstructions and extensive, species-rich, sequence data. The task is large, but rapid progress is being made in both these areas. Here we review specialisations that have been characterised in a subset of intensively studied papilionoid legume taxa at the vanguard of developmental genetic studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-158
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Opinion in Plant Biology
Early online date28 Dec 2013
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2014


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