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Carter, Thomas E
Research Leader
Thomas.Carter@ars.usda.gov
(919) 513-1480
SOYBEAN & NITROGEN FIXATION RU
3127 LIGON ST.
Raleigh NC 27607

Mission:
Soybean & Nitrogen Fixation (SNF): Broaden the narrow genetic base of U.S. soybean breeding by genetically tapping into the treasure trove of genetic resources of the USDA soybean germplasm collection. Research will harness genetic diversity in the USDA collection to develop new germplasm which has superior agronomic performance, a greater ability to withstand drought and other environmental stresses, and imparts improved nutritional value in the form of seed protein, oil, and carbohydrate composition. The unit will develop new breeding methodology (a blend of field and laboratory) to enhance the efficiency of accessing desirable genetic traits from USDA collection. The unit will also quantify the biological regulation of desirable traits in exotic germplasm to enhance the overall impact of the USDA collection in solving food problems.

YouTube Videos

“Improving Yield: Building Genetic Diversity to Weather Mother Nature”. YouTube, uploaded by united Soybean Board (USB), Aug 11, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HukF5B7XSrI

Wild Soybean Breeding Research”. YouTube, uploaded by united Soybean Board (USB), Sep 11, 2015.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFX0YfyxDLg

Wild Soybean Related Articles

“Underutilized Genetics Could Help Soybeans Weather Mother Nature”, ‎August‎ ‎11‎, ‎2016.  United Soybean Board (USB).  http://unitedsoybean.org/article/underutilized-genetics-could-help-soybeans-weather-mother-nature/

"Wild Soybeans Could Hold Key to Improving Today's Varieties",  April 7, 2015. United Soybean Board (USB).  http://unitedsoybean.org/article/ancient-soybeans-could-hold-key-to-improving-modern-varieties/

“Genetic diversity offers new take on the old bean”. Sep 18, 2013. United Soybean Board (USB).  http://www.cornandsoybeandigest.com/soybeans/genetic-diversity-offers-new-take-old-bean/

“USDA ARS Scientist Prepares to Release Drought-Tolerant Soybean Variety”,   January 29, 2009.  United Soybean Board (USB).  http://www.grainnet.com/articles/USB__USDA_ARS_Scientist_Prepares_to_Release_Drought_Tolerant_Soybean_Variety-69946

 

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