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New Soybean Strategic Plan Released
The new Soybean Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 has been released. This document emphasizes the important areas and directions for soybean research for the next five years. Soybean researchers from across the United States gathered last summer in St. Louis, Missouri, to begin the initial discussions of what soybean research is needed over the next five years to improve soybean. From there, a smaller group worked to draft the plan with the final version being edited by Jennifer Jones from the United Soybean Board and Robert Stupar from the University of Minnesota.
International Collaborations with UWA and ICRISAT
Professor Henry Nguyen, Lab Director, was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia (UWA) in Perth, Australia. He is collaborating with Prof. Siddique Kadambot (Institute of Agriculture) and Prof. Tim Colmer (School of Plant Biology) in the area of grain legume adaptation to abiotic stress. Prof. Nguyen and Dr. Babu Valliyodan, senior research scientist in functional genomics, are collaborating with Prof. Dave Edwards at UWA on soybean genome analysis and comparative grain legume genomics along with Dr. Rajeev Varshney, director of genomics at ICRISAT, who is also an adjunct professor at UWA.
Increasing Soybean Production in Africa
The Nguyen Lab, along with other soybean researchers at the University of Missouri, are working together on a United States Agency International Development (USAID) project to increase production and use of soybeans in Africa. The Soybean Innovation Lab at the University of Illinois lead by Dr. Peter Goldsmith, is coordinating the work in several African countries. People in these African countries are receiving soybean seed, training to grow the soybean seed, and lessons on how to cook and eat soybeans. CLICK HERE to see the new video about this exciting project.
Soybean outlook good for 2016
Beans are coming up in southern Missouri at the University of Missouri Fisher Delta Research Center. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) May 9th Crop Progress Report, 23% of Missouri soybeans have been planted. The USDA Prospective Plantings Report released on March 31st indicates that 82.2 million acres of soybeans will be planted in 2016.
Missouri Soybean Center Symposium
A new soybean center called the Missouri Soybean Center held their first Symposium today in the Bond Life Science Center at the University of Missouri. The director of the new center is Dr. William Wiebold.
Missouri Beans Going into the Ground
Spring is half over and the weather is warming up. It's at this time of year that everyone's thoughts turn to planting, including Dr. Grover Shannon. His research team started planting today in southern Missouri. Dr. Shannon leads a team of researchers at the Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, Missouri.
United Soybean Board Releases RFPs
The United Soybean Board (USB) released their Request For Proposals (RFPs) today. This is the annual call for soybean researchers to submit proposals for possible funding by the USB. The USB Board is made up of farmers from across the United States. The Board will review the submitted research proposals in July and award funding based on the goals of the long range stratgetic plan that has been established by the board for 2017-2021.
The History of Soybean Began in Georgia 250 Years Ago
An article by Brad Haire in the Farm Press Blog describes the history of soybean in the United States. The first soybean crop ever grown in North America was planted at Orangedale Plantation on Skidaway Island, Georgia, more than 250 years ago. To commemorate this special historical occasion, a plaque was erected on Skidaway Island. Read the full story at the Farm Press website.
Soybean Breeder's Workshop
The annual Soybean Breeder's Workshop was held in St. Louis, Missouri, in February. This year's topic was Pathology and Agronomy. The Nguyen Lab had 16 lab members attend and participate in the workshop this year which included several sessions on Genetic Diversity, Sudden Death Symdrome, Soybean Foliar Diseases, Soybean Nematodes, Soybean Seedling Diseases, and funding agencies and soybean committee updates.
Beans Looking Good in Winter Nursery
As most other soybean research groups do, our lab increases the number of soybean field seasons by growing soybeans in a tropical climate over the winter. Our winter nursery is in Costa Rica. This year we sent over 5,000 rows of soybeans to be increased in our winter nursery and the crop is looking good. The first set of soybeans should be harvested and shipped back in early April.
Plant and Animal Genome Conference
Several members of the lab including Henry Nguyen, Babu Valliyodan, Gunvant Patil, Ki-Seung Kim, and Theresa Musket attended this year's Plant and Animal Genome Conference in San Diego. Lab Director, Dr. Henry Nguyen, gave a presentation titled "Legume Genomics and Food Security" in the Crop Genomics and Global Food Security Workshop. Other lab presentations included: Babu Valliyodan's talk on "Genomic Resources for Trait Discovery and Improved Plant Performances in Soybean" in the Abiotic Stress Workshop; Gunvant Patil's talk on "Soybean Transporter Database (SoyTD): Genome-Wide Identification and Exploration of Natural Variants in Soybean Transporter Genes" in the Soybean Genomics Workshop; and Ki-Seung Kim's talk on "Genomics-Assisted Breeding for Nematode Resistance in Soybeans" in the Genomics-Assisted Breeding Workshop.