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Research Progress of Evolution and Classification Systems in the Family of Leguminosae  

Li Jianhui1,2 , Zhang Jie1,2 , Yu Shiying1 , Wang Zheru2 , Liu Chuchu2
1 Cuixi Academy of Biotechnology, Zhuji, 311800, P.R. China
2 Institute of Life Science, Jiyang College of Zhejiang A&F University, Zhuji, 311800, P.R. China
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Legume Genomics and Genetics, 2023, Vol. 14, No. 3   doi: 10.5376/lgg.2023.14.0003
Received: 15 Jun., 2023    Accepted: 21 Jun., 2023    Published: 30 Jun., 2023
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Li J.H., Zhang J., Yu S.Y., Wang Z.R., and Liu C.C., 2023, Research progress of evolution and classification systems in the family of Leguminosae, Legume Genomics and Genetics, 14(3): 1-12 (doi: 10.5376/lgg.2023.14.0003)


Leguminosae sp. is a family under the order of Rosales in the class of Dicotyledoneae, belonging to trees, shrubs, subshrubs or herbs, erect or climbing, and often has nodules that can fix nitrogen. Discovered fossil evidence has been found that the Leguminosae family began to diversify about 60 million years ago. Since its evolution, the Leguminosae family has become the third largest land plant family in terms of number of species, only next to the Orchidaceae family and the Asteraceae family, and economically, second only to the Gramineae family. Research on the legume classification system has been the subject of debate and research by research groups around the world. Until 2017, the Legume Phylogeny Working Group (LPWG) constructed a phylogenetic tree with the most comprehensive sampling to date based on the chloroplast matK sequence data (about 91% genus and 20% species). Combined with morphological evidence, they proposes a new classification system for six subfamilies, indicating a milestone in the classification of Leguminosae.

Leguminosae; Diversify; Classification system; LPWG
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