A significant effort to sequence a large number of soybean germplasm lines in the U.S. is underway. This project, titled “Large Scale Sequencing of Germplasm to Develop Genomic Resources for Soybean Improvement”, is being funded by the United Soybean Board and three private companies: Bayer CropScience, DOW AgroSciences, LLC, and Monsanto. Henry Nguyen’s Laboratory at the University of Missouri is…
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Big Honor for Study of Little Pest
Melissa Mitchum receives award from American Phytopathological Society
Melissa Mitchum, associate professor of plant sciences in the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has received the American Phytopathological Society’s 2015 Syngenta Award for outstanding contributions to teaching, research or extension in plant pathology. The awards banquet for this honor will be Aug. 1 at the APS meeting in Pasadena, Calif. Mitchum will receive an engraved award and a $1,500…
Tomato, Heal Thyself
A better understanding of immune response could lead to better crops
Research has uncovered new regulations of defense pathways of plants. This could lead to helping crops fight off bacteria.
Simplifying Soybean Genetics
Pick Your Bean Day to feature hands-on demonstrations on science of soybean breeding
Bradford Research Center, along with the MU Soybean Breeding Program, will host the free Pick Your Bean Day on Sept. 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. This year’s program will be centered on utilizing wild and exotic soybean collections to improve yield potential and will include informational presentations, field tours of soybean research plots and hands-on demonstrations.
Managing Water Efficiently
Greenley Research Center study looks at future of subsurface drip irrigation
In Missouri, some have adopted efficient tile drainage systems, but the installation of drip irrigation hasn’t become a regular management strategy. Research Agronomist Kelly Nelson looks to change that with a study just getting its feet wet at Greenley Research Center in northeast Missouri.
Soybean ‘Big Data’ Online
Infrastructure promotes collaboration among researchers
A new online data resource, the Soybean Knowledge Base (SoyKB), will allow greater collaboration among international researchers, scientists and farmers to solve questions encountered in soybean research.
A Safer Bean
'Healthy' soybeans can replace oils with unsafe trans fats
Researchers at CAFNR have found a way to create soybean oil that has no trans fats.
TV Business Honor
Fu-hung Hsieh's chicken alternative recognized by CNN
The company that distributes a meat alternative created by Fu-hung Hsieh, professor of biological engineering at Mizzou’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is among CNN’s top 10 list of companies to watch.
The Root Cause
Team narrows search for parasite that destroys soybean yields
Scientists have identified two – from billions of possibilities – soybean genes that allow a parasite to cause millions of dollars of yield losses each year.
Secret of the Legume
Researchers pinpoint how some plants fix nitrogen
Researchers take a step toward engineering crops to use less nitrogen.