Location: Soybean and Nitrogen Fixation Research
Project Number: 6645-21220-068-21
Start Date: Apr 01, 2012
End Date: Mar 31, 2014
Soybean breeders in GA, NC, OH, TN, MO, AR, MI, SD and MN will work together to development productive soybean germplasms and varieties with improved oil quality, focusing on high oleic (HO) plus low palmitic acid, HO plus low palmiticis acid and low linolenic acid, HO plus high stearic acid, and HO plus increased bio-available tocopherol content. The genes controlling the traits will be merged using the latest molecular marker technology, and germplasm will be produced and tested in multiple field environments to confirm the stability of these improved fatty acid profiles. Some of the researchers will work on identifying new genes that affect oil composition to offer new alternatives for breeders and to avoid the potential problems associated with fixation of specific regions of the soybean genome.