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  • Soybean cultivar development – Integrate traditional breeding with genomic technology to develop soybean varieties with high yield, enhanced quality, disease and pest resistance, and herbicide tolerance
  • Increasing soybean yield with exotic germplasm:
    • Identify and utilize soybean genetic diversity for germplasm enhancement
    • Map yield QTL and introgress them into elite soybean germplasm lines
  • Drought, heat, and flood tolerant varieties for the Midwest and South: Building on success:
    • Map QTL for drought tolerance
    • Breeding for drought tolerance
  • High oleic soybean breeding – Develop soybean cultivars with high oleic and low linolenic acid contents
  • Development of high yielding soybean cultivars and germplasm with higher seed protein content and improved amino acid composition
  • Identification and utilization of resistance to soybean rust:
    • Evaluate soybean lines for rust resistance
    • Identify novel rust resistance loci
  • Discovery of novel nematode resistance genes and development of productive soybeans with multiple-nematode resistance
  • Soybean insect resistance – Identify and determine the function of insect-resistance genes in soybean, and deploy them in elite soybean varieties
  • Genome-wide association studies for traits of interest and genomic selection for improving soybean yield and other traits of importance
  • High throughput / or precision phenotyping for gene discovery and breeding selection


Quantitative Aspects of Plant Breeding, PBGG (CRSS) 8880, Spring Semester, Even Years