Genomics to accelerate the annual rate of soybean genetic yield improvement;
Anne Dorrance ( The Ohio State University), Brian Diers ( University of Illinois), Gary Stacey ( University of Missouri), Greg May ( National Center for Genome Resources), H. Roger Boerma ( University of Georgia), James Specht ( University of Nebraska), Randy Shoemaker ( USDA/ARS-Iowa State University), Scott Jackson ( Purdue University), William Beavis ( Iowa State University) ($38267). The Project Manager's email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key Words: Soybean Genomics, Soybean Gene Mapping
The objectives of this project will fulfill several priorities identified in the 2012-2016 Soybean Genomic Research Strategic Plan developed by the soybean research community. These include: 1) Resequencing key soybean cultivars to capture and leverage diversity in soybean germplasm; 2) Developing comprehensive gene expression data for soybeans; and 3) Determining the role of epigenetics in soybean improvements. This project will develop information on the regions of the chromosome that has been rearranged during the past seventy years of soybean breeding in efforts to increase soybean yields. The project involves genomic analyses of major ancestral land race varieties of soybeans and major historical commercial varieties that have achieved higher seed yield levels. Knowing the areas of the chromosome that have been arranged during past soybean breeding efforts will result in a better understanding of the genes/gene combinations responsible for soybean yield improvement. The specific objectives of this project are to: • Use state of the art genomic tools to understand the chromosomal rearrangements and gene combinations that were responsible for soybean yield improvements over the past seventy years; and • Evaluate changes in gene expression patterns in soybean with an emphasis on seed yield.
This project is funded by North Central Soybean Research Programs