Lotus japonicus (Birdsfoot trefoil, LOTJA) | BCH-ORGA-SCBD-110659 | Organism | Biosafety Clearing-House

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Organism (ORGA)

last updated: 13 Jul 2016
Organism information
Lotus japonicus
Kingdom Viridiplantae
Phylum Streptophyta
Order Fabales
Family Fabaceae
Genus Lotus
Species japonicus
  • Lotus corniculatus var. japonicus
  • Birdsfoot trefoil
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  • LOTJA
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Plants
Wild
Characteristics related to biosafety
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Additional Information
Lotus japonicus is a wild legume that belongs to family Fabaceae. Members of this family are very diverse, constituting about 20,000 species. They are of significant agricultural and biological importance as many of the legume species are rich sources of protein and oil and can also fix atmospheric nitrogen.

L. japonicus has become a model plant for genome studies in legumes, particularly in reference to rhizobial and arbuscular mycorrhizal symbiosis. Small genome size of about 470 Mb, diploid genome with 6 haploid chromosomes, a short life cycle of about 2 to 3 months and its perennial nature makes it a convenient plant to study.
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