Complete soybean genome available with funding from NIFA and other federal agencies.
A complete draft assembly of the soybean (Glycine max) genetic code has resulted from support by several agencies, including the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Science Foundation. The complete soybean genome was released by the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI), making it widely available to the research community to advance new breeding strategies for one of the world’s most valuable plant commodities. Soybean not only accounts for 70 percent of the world’s edible protein, but also is an emerging feedstock for biodiesel production. Soybean is second only to corn as an agricultural commodity and is the leading U.S. agricultural export.
View the news release on the DOE JGI website (http://jgi.doe.gov/News/news_12_08_08.html).
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