Lotus genome: pod of gold for legume research.
Szczyglowski, K. and Stougaard, J. (2008). "Lotus genome: pod of gold for legume research.", Trends in Plant Science, 13(10), pp. 515-517. doi : 10.1016/j.tplants.2008.08.001
Gregor Mendel's study of the common garden pea (Pisum sativum) provided the fundamentals for modern genetics and plant breeding and highlighted the utility and value of model organisms. One hundred and forty-three years later, insight into the genome structure of a model legume, Lotus japonicus, might provide the key to sustainable agriculture.