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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS

Wed - February 22, 2017
by Randall Nelson, USDA-ARS, University of Illinois

We crossed cultivated soybean (Glycine max) with a distant perennial relative, Glycine tomentella, and were the first to test derived lines. The best line yielded 7 bu/ac greater than the soybean parent, Dwight. We also crossed cultivated soybean with wild annual soybean (Glycine soja) and identified lines that were equal in yield to the soybean parent, seven days earlier in maturity, yet had 50% of the wild parent DNA based on analysis with DNA markers. This work indicates that very useful yield genes exist in wild relatives of cultivated soybean which are not yet being used in commercial soybean breeding today.  MORE
Sat - February 4, 2017
by Aaron Lorenz, Soybean Breeder, University of Minnesota

The aim of plant breeding has always been to link phenotype with genotype. Our selections to date are based mainly on phenotype – the yield of a soybean line over many years and locations – so we can be confident that it will perform at that level in farmers’ fields.

Because it is both necessary and expensive to generate this field data, we are putting it to maximum use by also collecting genotypic data of the lines and using it in the selection process. A powerful approach to make use of genomic information for selective breeding is through a method called genomic prediction and selection.   MORE
Fri - January 27, 2017
by Andy Michel, Field Crops Entomologist, Ohio State University

In the course of generating DNA sequences with projects funded by The Ohio Soybean Council and The North Central Soybean Research Program, we were able to sequence the entire soybean aphid genome.

This genome represents the 4th aphid species with a completely described genome (in addition to the pea aphid, Russian wheat aphid, and green peach aphid). It will further advance our ability to identify soybean aphid genes responsible for overcoming resistant soybean, and hopefully lead to a wider use of aphid-resistant soybean.   MORE
Tue - November 1, 2016
by George Graef, Soybean Breeder, University of Nebraska

The USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection contains over 21,000 accessions (plant or seed samples) including wild relatives, landraces, and soybean cultivars from around the world. Domestication of soybean has resulted in a loss of genetic diversity, with landraces retaining only about 63% of the diversity found in the wild Glycine soja.   MORE