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Lotus japonicus Handbook

pp 25-37

Lotus-related species and their agronomic importance

  • Pedro DíazAffiliated withLaboratorio de Bioquímica, Departamento de Biología Vegetal, Facultad de Agronomía Email author 
  • , Omar BorsaniAffiliated withLaboratorio de Bioquímica, Departamento de Biología Vegetal, Facultad de Agronomía
  • , Jorge MonzaAffiliated withLaboratorio de Bioquímica, Departamento de Biología Vegetal, Facultad de Agronomía

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Abstract

More than 180 species within the genus Lotus occur worldwide. Four have been domesticated and improved through selection and plant breeding: Lotus corniculatus, L. uliginosus, L. glaber and L. subbiflorus. Since the model legume L. japonicus is related taxonomically to these species, knowledge can be transferred to the agronomical arena. The slow progress observed in Lotus cultivar improvements to date could be explained by the polyploid nature of some of these species, a feature not present in L. japonicus. This chapter reviews briefly the taxonomical relationships among these species. Secondly, it illustrates how Lotus species are currently used to improve pastures for which other forage legume species are not suitable. Finally, it touches on beneficial microorganism-plant interactions and the benefits of using Lotus species as animal fodder.

Keywords

L. corniculatus L. uliginosus L. glaber L. subbiflorus botanical features pastures environmental adaptation plant breeding