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Research Project: Enhancing Protein Quality While Maintaining Protein Amount with Insights Generated from Soybean Mutants - (Kansas State University)

Location: Plant Genetics Research

Project Number: 5070-21000-043-16-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Nov 1, 2019
End Date: Nov 30, 2020

Objective:
The over-arching objective of this proposal is to understand the changes in metabolism that lead to enhanced soybean protein quality, particularly sulfur-containing amino acid biosynthetic pathways for improvement in amino acid composition of soybeans in multiple growing regions within different maturity zones.

Approach:
The focus is on central carbon metabolism and those steps associated with sulfur-based amino acid metabolism. Isotopic labeling pulse-chase experiments will be used to study the flow of carbon during the phases of seed development. Cooperators will assess transcripts and design constructs for enhancing protein amino acid composition.