MissionSoybean & 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.
Publications at this location:
Uniform Soybean Tests, Southern States Report
Chart Soybean yield by year, US
Final USDA Report Agrees with Main Street Data's (MSD’s) Soybean Yield Forecast
USDA raises the US. 2019 corn, soybean production
150 Years of Research at the United States Department of Agriculture: Plant Introduction and Breeding, ARS, June 2013.