Development and Deployment of High Oleic/Low Linolenic Acid Soybean
Sustainable Production
AgricultureCommercializationCompositionGeneticsHigh oleic
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This is the first year of this project.
Lead Principal Investigator:
Andrew Scaboo, University of Missouri
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Brief Project Summary:
The United Soybean Board (USB) has a stated goal to strengthen the high oleic market by supporting the development of HOLL varieties across all maturity groups, in a multi-state platform, as well as supporting growing markets and new end uses of the oil and meal derived from them. The USB’s market penetration goal would provide all soybean farmers the benefits of the value of the HOLL trait, as well as broad access to crushing plants serving all soybean acres. In the long term, HOLL would ideally become the new commodity soybean to raise the overall value of US soybean oil, negate the costs of identity preservation and handling of contracted acres, and recapture lost market share. Current soybean prices reflect the loss of demand for the oil and losing the remaining 30% of soybean value from the oil component is an unwelcome proposition
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To achieve maximum profitability, US producers are dependent upon locally adapted, high-yielding soybean varieties that generate opportunities and prosperity throughout the soy value chain. High oleic and low linolenic (HOLL) soybean varieties provide a high value, market-driven functional soybean oil with zero trans fats, and an innovative solution to labeling and ingredients rules set in motion by trans fats issues. Federal regulations concerning trans fats have devalued commodity soybean oil and decreased or eliminated soybean oil demand and utilization in many downstream products. The SOYLEIC™ trait has been identified as the trait package best suited to fulfill the functionality requirements for the lost, and future, oil market. It is also the simplest and most efficient platform to rapidly advance HOLL soybean into the market. Our breeding effort is focused on developing HOLL varieties using genetics discovered through USB support and marketed under the SOYLEIC™ brand name. This HOLL trait is non-transgenic which offers marketing advantages, particularly internationally, and it avoids the enormous regulatory costs in time and dollars to develop a transgenic event or to stack the trait with other transgenic events such as herbicide resistance. Support by USB to develop SOYLEIC™ varieties capitalizes and builds on USB’s investment in soybean breeding at public institutions and furthers USB’s goals of increased HOLL acres by providing a wider choice of varieties in all maturity groups. The public non-transgenic source of HOLL offers a wide source of genetic diversity and agronomic/defense trait packages, providing a broad variety choice for US producers. This ongoing project continues to develop commercial HOLL varieties, building upon years of investment by USB. During the current reporting year of the project, our team has released 7 HOLL cultivars, executed 8 commercial licenses, and executed 17 material transfer agreements with both public and private entities.

Benefit To Soybean Farmers

The HOLL germplasm and varieties developed from this project will help the seed industry meet the adjusted goal of 16 million planted acres of HOLL soybeans by 2026. This project has set the stage for creating a product that will add immediate value to soybean and enhance the ability to adapt to future market needs such as improving the quality of the oil across many applications. Varieties developed and released from this project are already helping to meet current global demands for HOLL soybean oil, and we expect this to continue as more HOLL varieties are released.

The United Soybean Research Retention policy will display final reports with the project once completed but working files will be purged after three years. And financial information after seven years. All pertinent information is in the final report or if you want more information, please contact the project lead at your state soybean organization or principal investigator listed on the project.