This issue of Functional Plant Biology is dedicated to 'Legume biology: the basis for crop improvement', covering part of the work presented at the VI International Conference on Legume Genetics and Genomics, held in Hyderabad, India, 2–7 October 2012. The meeting focused on several aspects of symbiosis and development, evolution and diversity, nutrition and quality, next generation genomics, abiotic stress, pathogenesis and disease resistance, genomic resources and trait mapping, genomics assisted breeding and translational genomics.
The 13 contributions in this issue cover the fundamentals of plant architecture and trait mapping, functional genomics, biotic and abiotic stress in the context of advancing the legume breeding program. In parallel, a special issue on 'Legume Genomics' covering the themes related to genetics, genomics and molecular breeding is being published in The Plant Genome journal.
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