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Final Report - LEGIM (Legume Improvement)

Project ID: 230830
Funded under: FP7-PEOPLE


This is the final report of the LEGIM project, which is funded under the European Commission (EC) Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). This project concerned a cutting-edge research and training programme based on 'state of the-art' technologies strengthening the research partnership - between the University of Pretoria in South Africa, Leeds University, UK and VIB Ghent, Belgium - in the field of legume improvement (LEGIM). Controlling the plant nodules that regulate the fixation of atmospheric nitrogen through the symbiotic union with soil bacteria (rhizobia) was a key aim of the project. Molecular-genetic approaches were used to develop an understanding of the factors that control nodule development and senescence under optimal and stress conditions.

The results show that protease inhibitors have enormous potential as molecular markers for use in the selection of improved crop varieties. This could have a substantial impact on legume-crop improvement programmes.

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