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Pisum

Pisum

Why develop pisum genomics?

Pisum is a genus of the family Fabaceae, native to southwest Asia and northeast Africa. It contains one to five species, depending on taxonomic interpretation

Pisum species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species including Bucculatrix pyrivorella, Cabbage Moth, Common Swift, Ghost Moth, Hypercompe indecisa, The Nutmeg, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Turnip Moth.

Pisum sativum (the field or garden pea), is domesticated and is a major human food crop.

In the mid-19th century, Austrian scientist Gregor Mendel's observations of pea pods led to the principles of Mendelian genetics, the foundation of modern genetics.

Studies have shown the possibility of using transgenic pea seeds as vehicles for production of recombinant antibodies useful for diagnosis and therapy of certain cancers.



Creation date: 18 Aug 2010