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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Nelson, Randall L
Research Leader
(217) 244-4346
National Soybean Research Center
266 NSRC, 1101 W. PEABODY DR.
Urbana IL 61801

The mission of this unit is to: 1) acquire, characterize, evaluate, maintain, utilize, and distribute germplasm accessions in the genus Glycine; 2) identify genes controlling traits of economic importance in soybean including seed yield, seed composition, and disease or pest resistance, and transfer those traits into improved germplasm; 3) investigate soybean genomic responses to microbial and pest interactions; 4) determine the genetic and pathogenic variability of soybean pathogens and pests, and the epidemiology of the diseases they cause; 5) improve management strategies for soybean pathogens and pests utilizing host genetics and knowledge of population dynamics; and, 7) acquire, maintain, develop evaluate, characterize, and distribute genetic and cytogenetic stocks of maize.

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