Location: Plant Genetics Research
Project Number: 5070-21000-036-11-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Oct 1, 2013
End Date: Sep 30, 2016
The overall objective of this project is to develop a pipeline to produce competitive yielding herbicide resistant soybean varieties containing the high oleic/low linolenic acid trait in all US maturity groups (00-8). Research will be conducted to determine the most efficient combination of alleles necessary for the trait to be stable across environments and to incorporate new molecular selections for soybean maturity and seed composition traits.
The approach is a team effort of soybean breeding utilizing a coordinated continuous cycling backcross program combined with independent regional selection of high yielding recurrent parents, and variety development. Phenotypic stability of different gene combinations will be assessed across locations to direct refinement of the breeding pipeline. Research for improving breeding approaches across maturity groups to capture diverse positive yield alleles and new sources of seed composition traits will involve applying molecular selection for both soybean maturity and the high oleic/low linolenic acid trait.