Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

, Volume 68, Issue 8, pp 1341–1351

Function and evolution of nodulation genes in legumes

Multi-author review

DOI: 10.1007/s00018-011-0651-4

Cite this article as:
Yokota, K. & Hayashi, M. Cell. Mol. Life Sci. (2011) 68: 1341. doi:10.1007/s00018-011-0651-4

Abstract

Root nodule (RN) symbiosis has a unique feature in which symbiotic bacteria fix atmospheric nitrogen. The symbiosis is established with a limited species of land plants, including legumes. How RN symbiosis evolved is still a mystery, but recent findings on legumes genes that are necessary for RN symbiosis may give us a clue.

Keywords

Root nodule symbiosisArbuscular mycorrhiza symbiosisActinorhiza symbiosisLegumesLotus japonicusMedicago truncatulaNitrogen fixationInfection threads

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Institute of Agrobiological SciencesTsukubaJapan