Towards an efficient transformation system for legumes

 This project aims to develop an efficient transformation platform for grasspea (Lathyrus sativus)

The Idea

Legumes (family Fabaceae) are a family of plants that are of tremendous importance to humans due to their role in fixing atmospheric nitrogen (in symbiosis with nitrogen fixing bacteria) and in agriculture due to the high protein content of their seeds. However, plant improvement in legumes is handicapped by the difficulties in achieving routine transformation; this makes the use of genetic modification and genome editing for improving legumes very difficult to achieve. We will develop an efficient transformation platform for a legume, grasspea (Lathyrus sativus), by co-expressing genes that positively regulate somatic embryogenesis with our transformation/gene editing constructs. This work can be subsequently extended to other legumes of economic and academic importance, as well as other groups of plants.

The Team

Dr Abhimanyu Sarkar,
Postdoctoral Researcher, Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre

Dr Julia Russell,
Research Assistant, Metabolic Biology, John Innes Centre

Dr Susana Sauret-Gueto,
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

Project Outputs

Project Report

Summary of the project's achievements and future plans

Project Proposal

Original proposal and application


Project Resources