The tepary bean genome provides insight into evolution and domestication under heat stress

Nat Commun. 2021 May 11;12(1):2638. doi: 10.1038/s41467-021-22858-x.


Tepary bean (Phaseolus acutifolis A. Gray), native to the Sonoran Desert, is highly adapted to heat and drought. It is a sister species of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.), the most important legume protein source for direct human consumption, and whose production is threatened by climate change. Here, we report on the tepary genome including exploration of possible mechanisms for resilience to moderate heat stress and a reduced disease resistance gene repertoire, consistent with adaptation to arid and hot environments. Extensive collinearity and shared gene content among these Phaseolus species will facilitate engineering climate adaptation in common bean, a key food security crop, and accelerate tepary bean improvement.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Acclimatization / genetics*
  • Climate Change
  • Crops, Agricultural / genetics
  • Domestication
  • Droughts
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Food Security
  • Genetic Engineering / methods
  • Genome, Plant*
  • Heat-Shock Response / genetics
  • Phaseolus / genetics*
  • Plant Breeding / methods*

Associated data

  • Dryad/10.5061/dryad.6q573n5w2