Lotus japonicus is a small plant belonging to the bean family (Fabaceae). It is a wild legume and forage crop native to Japan and other parts of Eastern Asia. It is commonly used as a model organism to study legume nitrogen fixation and mycorrhizal symbiosis due to its rapid growth, small size, and simple genetic transformation. It is a diploid plant with a genome size of 472 Mb.
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Content written by Galyna Vakulenko Summer Intern 2018