Purdue Extension Cracks Untapped Genetic Diversity of Wild Soybeans to Enrich Cultivation
Wild soybeans are expert survivalist due to their hard skin, however, this has proven difficult for cultivation, until now. Professor of Agronomy, Jianxin Ma at Purdue University Extension has discovered the genetic factors responsible for the soybean’s hard seed coat.
While soybeans’ hard skin protects the bean in severe conditions, it also prevents the seed from germinating quickly and predictably, especially in different climates. This discovery will not only help scientists in the future to identify additional genes in other plants, but also help cultivate soybean diversity to improve its planting success in different regions.
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