Source: USDA-ARS

Thomas Carter, plant geneticist at the USDA-ARS, is researching drought-tolerance for soybeans. Carter and his team have been transferring a slow-wilting characteristic from Asian landraces into U.S.-adapted varieties.

Once the team gets the slow-wilting trait into a high-yielding line, they share the new line with private seed companies and public soybean breeders.

"Industry breeders use the USDA drought-tolerant lines as valuable breeding stock to develop high-yielding varieties adapted to the stressful U.S. summers," says Carter.

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