Doing Genetic and Genomic Biology Using the Legume Information System and Associated Resources

Methods Mol Biol. 2022;2443:81-100. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-2067-0_4.


In this chapter, we introduce the main components of the Legume Information System ( ) and several associated resources. Additionally, we provide an example of their use by exploring a biological question: is there a common molecular basis, across legume species, that underlies the photoperiod-mediated transition from vegetative to reproductive development, that is, days to flowering? The Legume Information System (LIS) holds genetic and genomic data for a large number of crop and model legumes and provides a set of online bioinformatic tools designed to help biologists address questions and tasks related to legume biology. Such tasks include identifying the molecular basis of agronomic traits; identifying orthologs/syntelogs for known genes; determining gene expression patterns; accessing genomic datasets; identifying markers for breeding work; and identifying genetic similarities and differences among selected accessions. LIS integrates with other legume-focused informatics resources such as SoyBase ( ), PeanutBase ( ), and projects of the Legume Federation ( ).

Keywords: CoNekT; Comparative genomics; Days to flower; GWAS; Gene families; Genome context viewer; InterMine; Legume information system; Pan-genome; ZZBrowse.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Databases, Genetic
  • Fabaceae* / genetics
  • Genome, Plant
  • Genomics
  • Plant Breeding