NSF Grant will Help Scientists Uncover Hidden Soybean Genes
Wednesday, May 9th, 2012
Soybeans are the world's largest single source of vegetable protein and edible oil, already used to make livestock feed, soymilk, tofu, adhesives, alternative fuels, disinfectants, plastics and particleboard. Using a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, University of Georgia researcher Wayne Parrott hopes to uncover more uses for the popular legume.
"The soybean is a key crop for meeting the nutritional needs of the increasing global population," said Parrott, a plant geneticist and professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. "A thorough understanding of soybean genetics is important for the development of new soybean varieties to meet the nutritional, environmental and industrial requirements that soybean could fulfill over the coming decades."