The Medicago Genome Initiative: a model legume database

Nucleic Acids Res. 2001 Jan 1;29(1):114-7. doi: 10.1093/nar/29.1.114.


The Medicago Genome Initiative (MGI) is a database of EST sequences of the model legume MEDICAGO: truncatula. The database is available to the public and has resulted from a collaborative research effort between the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the National Center for Genome Resources to investigate the genome of M.truncatula. MGI is part of the greater integrated MEDICAGO: functional genomics program at the Noble Foundation ( ), which is taking a global approach in studying the genetic and biochemical events associated with the growth, development and environmental interactions of this model legume. Our approach will include: large-scale EST sequencing, gene expression profiling, the generation of M.truncatula activation-tagged and promoter trap insertion mutants, high-throughput metabolic profiling, and proteome studies. These multidisciplinary information pools will be interfaced with one another to provide scientists with an integrated, holistic set of tools to address fundamental questions pertaining to legume biology. The public interface to the MGI database can be accessed at

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computational Biology
  • Databases, Factual*
  • Expressed Sequence Tags
  • Fabaceae / genetics
  • Genome, Plant*
  • Internet
  • Medicago sativa / genetics*
  • Plants, Medicinal