Genetic background and agronomic value of leaf types in pea (Pisum sativum)

Aleksandara Mikić, Vojislava Mihailović, Brankob Ćupina, Valentin Kosev, Tom Warkentin, Kevin McPhee, Mike Ambrose, J. Hofer, Noel Ellis

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Pea (Pisum sativum L.) has a compound leaf like many other legume species. The 'semi-leafless' pea (afaf tltl), with all leaflets transformed into tendrils, is considered one of the most important achievements in pea breeding, due to a significantly enhanced standing ability and equally efficient dry matter production in comparison to normal-leafed genotypes (AFAF TLTL). 'Semi-leafless' cultivars provide high and stable grain yield and are dominant in the modern dry pea production worldwide. There are also 'semi-leafless' cultivars that are autumn-sown and those for forage production. The genotypes with all tendrils transformed into leaflets (afaf tltl), called 'acacia' or 'tendril-less', are extremely prone to lodging and may have importance in breeding for forage production. Little is known about the potential agronomic value of 'acacia-tendril-less' (afaf tltl) genotypes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-284
Number of pages10
JournalField and Vegetable Crop Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • acacia leaf type
  • agronomic value
  • breeding
  • compound leaf
  • genetics
  • pea
  • Pisum sativum
  • semi-leafless leaf type


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