Determinate growth habit of grain legumes: role in domestication and selection, genetic control

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This review is devoted to the analysis of molecular genetic mechanisms of controlling the type of growth habit of grain legumes (pea, soybean, common bean, vigna); it provides information about known homologous genes TFL1, LFY, AP1, FUL, FT, and FD. Significant changes in plant architecture were during domestication of grain legumes. Many wild relatives of legumes are characterized by an indeterminate growth habit type, cultivated plants are characterized by indeterminate and determinate types. In plants with a determinate growth habit type, terminal inflorescence is formed at transition from the vegetative phase to the reproductive phase. These plants are characterized by a complex of features: simultaneous maturation of beans, resistance to lodging, etc. In indeterminate type of growth habit, the apical shoot meristem remains active during plant life. The main genes responsible for the plant transition to flowering are the homologs of the Arabidopsis genes LFY, TFL1, AP1. TFL1 gene is responsible for maintenance of growth of the shoot apical meristem; its homologs were identified in pea (PsTFL1a), soybean (Dt1/GmTFL1), common bean (PvTFL1y), cowpea (VuTFL1). The identification and characterization of the genes responsible for the type of stem growth habit are necessary for the successful selection of modern varieties suitable for mechanized cultivation. Design of molecular markers that diagnose this important breeding trait at early plant development stages, will help to determine the type of stem growth habit.

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Ekaterina A. Krylova

Federal Research Center “N.I. Vavilov All-Russian Institute of Plant Genetic Resources”

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4917-6862
SPIN-code: 5424-9513
Scopus Author ID: 35800046500

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg

Researcher, Laboratory of Postgenomic Researches

Elena K. Khlestkina

Federal Research Center “N.I. Vavilov All-Russian Institute of Plant Genetic Resources”

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8470-8254
SPIN-code: 3061-1429
Scopus Author ID: 6603368411

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg

Doctor of Science, Director

Marina O. Burlyaeva

Federal Research Center “N.I. Vavilov All-Russian Institute of Plant Genetic Resources”

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3708-2594
SPIN-code: 7298-0174
Scopus Author ID: 6507877753

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg

PhD, Leading Researcher, Department of Grain Legumes Genetic Resources

Margarita A. Vishnyakova

Federal Research Center “N.I. Vavilov All-Russian Institute of Plant Genetic Resources”

ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2808-7745
SPIN-code: 2802-9614
Scopus Author ID: 6603209207

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg

Professor, Chief Researcher, Head of the Department of Grain Legumes Genetic Resources


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Fig. 1. Plants with different types of growth. a - type of growth of bean plants [17]; b is a schematic representation. 1 - indeterminate, 2 - determinant

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Fig. 2. Stages of the development of the flower Arabidopsis thaliana and the main control genes [19]

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Fig. 3. The model of genetic control of the identity of the meristems of inflorescences in peas [33]

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