Highly syntenic regions in the genomes of soybean, Medicago truncatula, and Arabidopsis thaliana
Mudge J, Cannon SB, Kalo P, Oldroyd GE, Roe BA, Town CD, Young ND
Recent genome sequencing enables mega-base scale comparisons between related genomes. Comparisons between animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria demonstrate extensive synteny tempered by rearrangements. Within the legume plant family, glimpses of synteny have also been observed. Characterizing syntenic relationships in legumes is important in transferring knowledge from model legumes to crops that are important sources of protein, fixed nitrogen, and health-promoting compounds.