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Pisum sativum (garden pea)


Pea is a member of the galegoid (cool-season) legume clade. This annual grain legume crop is widely cultivated in northern temperate regions, and is well-loved by gardeners as an easily-grown vegetable that is nutritious and tasty (and actually seems to be enjoyed by most kids!). Besides their use as a fresh or canned green vegetable, peas are also grown for animal fodder, and for consumption as a split dry pulse or dal (used much like lentil). Peas are genetically highly diverse, with genetic contributions coming from three interfertile species or subspecies native to the Mediterranean basin and the Near East: Pisum sativum, P. fulvum, and P. arvense. The former is the primary genetic contributor to the garden pea (including snow- and sugar-snap types); while P. fulvum is the little-used "tawny" or "yellow" pea, and P. arvense is especially used as for cover crop and forage.

Of Special Interest

See transcriptome and other resources at the Cool Season Food Legume Database and at the Pulse Crop Genetic Improvement Network. Also see maps and genome comparisons at LIS, and map and comparative resources at thelegumeportal and at the Ellis and Hofer labs.

NCBI taxon3888
GRIN taxon300472

Wikipedia entry

Genome Summary

Chromosomes2n = 14
Chloroplast genome size122 (kbp)
Chloroplast NCBI accession numberNC_014057


Genetic mapsPea genetic maps compiled by Noel EllisLinkout »
Genetic markersList of markers on the Bordat et al. (2011) pea consensus functional mapLinkout »

Reference Data

Selected References

Current publications on Pisum sativum at PubMed.

Bordat A, Savois V, Nicolas M, Salse J, Cauveau A, Bourgeois M, Potier J, Houtin H, Rond C, Murat F, Marget P, Aubert G, Burstin J. Translational Genomics in Legumes Allowed Placing In Silico 5460 Unigenes on the Pea Functional Map and Identified Candidate Genes in Pisum sativum L. Genes Genomes Genetics. 2011 May 6; doi: 10.1534/g3.111.000349

Franssen SU, Shrestha RP, Bräutigam A, Bornberg-Bauer E, Weber AP. Comprehensive transcriptome analysis of the highly complex Pisum sativum genome using next generation sequencing. BMC Genomics. 2011 May 11; 12(1): 227.

Bourgeois M, Jacquin F, Cassecuelle F, Savois V, Belghazi M, Aubert G, Quillien L, Huart M, Marget P, Burstin J. A PQL (protein quantity loci) analysis of mature pea seed proteins identifies loci determining seed protein compositionProteomics. 2011 May; 11(9): 1581-94. doi: 10.1002/pmic.201000687. Epub 2011 Mar 23.

Coyne CJ, McClendon MT, Walling JG, Timmerman-Vaughan GM, Murray S, Meksem K, Lightfoot DA, Shultz JL, Keller KE, Martin RR, Inglis DA, Rajesh PN, McPhee KE, Weeden NF, Grusak MA, Li CM, Storlie EW. Construction and characterization of two bacterial artificial chromosome libraries of pea (Pisum sativum L.) for the isolation of economically important genes. Genome. 2007 Sep;50(9):871-5.

Nisar M, Ghafoor A. Linkage of a RAPD marker with powdery mildew resistance. Genetika. 2011 Mar; 47(3): 345-8.

Fondevilla S, Küster H, Krajinski F, Cubero JI, Rubiales D. Identification of genes differentially expressed in a resistant reaction to Mycosphaerella pinodes in pea using microarray technology. BMC Genomics. 2011 Jan 13; 12: 28.

Macas J, Neumann P, Navrátilová A. Repetitive DNA in the pea (Pisum sativum L.) genome: comprehensive characterization using 454 sequencing and comparison to soybean and Medicago truncatula. BMC Genomics. 2007 Nov 21; 8: 427.

Ek M, Eklund M, Von Post R, Dayteg C, Henriksson T, Weibull P, Ceplitis A, Isaac P, Tuvesson S. Microsatellite markers for powdery mildew resistance in pea (Pisum sativum L.). Hereditas. 2005 Feb; 142(2005): 86-91.

Hamon C, Baranger A, Coyne CJ, McGee RJ, Le Goff I, L'anthoëne V, Esnault R, Rivière JP, Klein A, Mangin P, McPhee KE, Roux-Duparque M, Porter L, Miteul H, Lesné A, Morin G, Onfroy C, Moussart A, Tivoli B, Delourme R, Pilet-Nayel ML. New consistent QTL in pea associated with partial resistance to Aphanomyces euteiches in multiple French and American environments. Theor Appl Genet. 2011 Jul;123(2):261-81. Epub 2011 Apr 11.

Pilet-Nayel L, Muehlbauer FJ, McGee RJ, Kraft JM, Baranger A, Coyne CJ. Quantitative trait loci for partial resistance to Aphanomyces root rot in pea. Theor Appl Genet. 2002 Dec; 106(1): 28-39.

Ubayasena L, Bett K, Tar'an B, Warkentin T. Genetic control and identification of QTLs associated with visual quality traits of field pea (Pisum sativum L.). Genome. 2011 Apr;54(4):261-72.