U of I Researcher Receives USDA Grant to Study Soybean Flowering Response

Assistant professor Yoshie Hanzawa of the University of Illinois (U of I) received a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant to study the flowering response of seasonal photoperiod changes in soybean. According to Hanzawa, flowering is a key trait that determines plant survival and productivity. Thus, studying the molecular basis of photoperiodic flowering will aid plant breeders in maximizing yield potential.

"We want to help open up a new frontier in soybean breeding," Hanzawa said. "We have a huge variation in day length from northern to southern United States. Our goal is to develop germplasm that fits each microenvironment by modifying the response of the soybean plant to day length."

Hanzawa will work in partnership with Randall Nelson, USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection Curator and professor in the Department of Crop Sciences.

Read the original article at http://www.aces.uiuc.edu/news/stories/news5604.html.


This article is part of the Crop Biotech Update, a weekly summary of world developments in agri-biotech for developing countries, produced by the Global Knowledge Center on Crop Biotechnology, International Service for the Aquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications SEAsiaCenter (ISAAA)

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