Image caption: Soybean can be bred to better tolerate soil salinity.
Original Published Date: 
Thursday, January 8, 2015

A collaborative research project between Australian and Chinese scientists, supported by the ARC, has shown how soybean can be bred to better tolerate soil salinity. Researchers at The University of Adelaide and the Institute of Crop Sciences in the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (Beijing), have identified a specific gene in soybean that has great potential for soybean crop improvement. “Soybean is the fifth largest crop in the world in terms of both crop area planted and amount harvested,” said Associate Professor Matthew Gilliham. “But many commercial crops are sensitive to soil salinity and this can cause major losses to crop yields. On top of that, the area of salt-affected agricultural land is rapidly increasing and is predicted to double in the next 35 years. The identification of genes that improve crop salt tolerance will be essential to our efforts to improve global food security.”

Media issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology

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