Submitted to: Genetic Resources, Chromosome Engineering, and Crop Improvement
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/6/2010
Publication Date: 9/15/2011
Citation: Morris, J.B., Hellier, B.C., Connett, J.F. 2011. Medicinal properties of legumes. In: Singh, R., editor. Genetic Resources, Chromosome Engineering, and Crop Improvement Medicinal Plants. Vol.6. Urbana,IL:CRC Press. p.297-396.
Interpretive Summary: Genetic resources of medicinal legumes provides genetic diversity and sources of germplasm useful for crop improvement. This study was conducted to provide useful information devoted to medicinal legume genetics. We discuss pertinent information related to the interrelationships of medicinal legume germplasm and genetics. This will result in valuable reference for students and scientists working on medicinal legumes.
Technical Abstract: This study was conducted to discuss the USDA, ARS medicinal legume germplasm taxonomy, molecular techniques, maintenance, evaluation, utilization, and conventional breeding for use by students and scientists working on medicinal legume genetic resources. The results of this study will provide a valuable reference for medicinal legume users. The germplasm collection provides a wide range of medicinal legume genetic resources for use in breeding programs. We explore the taxonomic implications, evaluations, and potential utilization for medicinal legume genetic resources. Additionally, breeding techniques are taken into account for improving many traits, including morphology, growth habit, physiological characteristics, and disease resistance. Cell and tissue culture research has provided us with phenolic compounds, flavonoids, and phytoestrogens These results provide a synopsis and reference for medicinal legume users, including students and scientists.