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Guidelines for Genetic Nomenclature and Community Governance for the Model Legume Medicago truncatula

December 2001 , Volume 14 , Number  12
Pages  1,364 - 1,367

Kathryn A. VandenBosch 1 and Julia Frugoli 2

1Plant Biology Department, University of Minnesota, 220 Bio Sci Center, 1445 Gortner Avenue, St. Paul 55108 U.S.A.; 2Department of Biological Sciences, Clemson University, 132 Long Hall, Clemson, SC 29634 U.S.A.

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Accepted 27 July 2001.

At the 2nd Medicago meeting (a satellite of the 1999 IS-MPMI meeting in Amsterdam), investigators perceived a need for standardization of genetic nomenclature in Medicago truncatula, due to the rapid growth of research on this species in the past few years. Establishment of such standards grew out of discussions begun at this meeting and continued electronically throughout the M. truncatula community. The proposed standards presented here are the consensus results of those discussions. In addition to standards for gene nomenclature, a method for community governance and a website for cataloging gene names and submitting new ones are presented. The purpose of implementing these guidelines is to help maintain consistency in the literature, to avoid redundancy, to contribute to the accuracy of databases, and, in general, to aid the international collaborations that have made M. truncatula a model system for legume biology.

© 2001 The American Phytopathological Society