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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: A Calculated Approach to Breeding Low Phytate Soybean for Improved Germination and Emergence
2011 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
We propose to develop, characterize, and advance breeding populations created to improve germination and emergence in low phytate soybeans, using two sources of the low phytate trait, CX1834-derived lines and Mips1 mutants.


1b.Approach (from AD-416)
We will develop breeding methodologies for LP (low phytate) germplasm in tandem with strategic handling of LP breeding populations for selection of improved G&E. Genetic improvement of G&E in LP germplasm should be possible through development of effective breeding methodologies, germplasm characterization, and selection of appropriate parents.


3.Progress Report

This project is related to Objective 2 of the in-house project: To discover novel genes/alleles in soybean for seed composition, determine their inheritance, determine genomic location, transfer to adapted germplasm, and release.

This is a new on-going research project that implements long and short-term goals to improve intrinsic quality of soybeans. The strategies are addressed by 14 subprojects conducted by 13 outstanding scientists from MN, SD, MO, AR, TN, NC, and GA. The combined expertise of this team in plant breeding, biology, genetics, pathology, and physiology will provide genetic resources, genomic tools, and fundamental information needed to expedite development, evaluation, and commercial production of agronomic soybean varieties exhibiting superior meal attributes that include increased total metabolizable energy, improved essential amino acid balance, and enhanced digestibility for feed applications.

This project has been active only since April 2011. Research is being initiated.

The Authorized Departmental Officer's Designated Representative monitored activities of project through frequent phone calls and emails.


Last Modified: 12/27/2014
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