Development of Improved Soybean Varieties and Germplasm Adapted to Virginia
Sustainable Production
Parent Project:
This is the first year of this project.
Lead Principal Investigator:
Bo Zhang, Virginia Tech
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Brief Project Summary:

The long-term goal of Virginia Tech’s public soybean breeding program is to release superior cultivars to fulfill growers’ needs and reduce seed costs. This project seeks to develop high-yielding, herbicide-tolerant and conventional soybean cultivars and germplasm adapted to the climatic and edaphic conditions and cultural practices in Virginia, to develop varieties and germplasm with strong disease package, particularly soybean cyst nematode, root knot nematode and purple seed stain, to emphasize development of early maturity groups 4 and 5 and to start MG 3 soybean varieties and germplasm.

Key Benefactors:
farmers, agronomists, extension agents, soybean breeders, seed companies

Information And Results
Project Deliverables

1) New, early mature soybean varieties bred by VT that will compete with private cultivars in Virginia Official Variety Test; 2) Advanced breeding lines with disease resistance package that will perform well at USDA regional tests; and
3) Graduate students are equipped with field and molecular breeding experiences.

Final Project Results

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.