Source: United Soybean Board
Drought-tolerant plants frequently carry a common characteristic: they grow better than most plants during drought conditions but they grow poorly under optimal growing conditions compared with other plants. Recent soybean checkoff-funded research by a nine-member research team has identified two traits that have avoided this problem.
Larry Purcell, Ph.D., a soybean researcher at the University of Arkansas and a member of the checkoff-funded drought research team, said the team has identified two soybean traits that have helped to avoid this problem.
One trait, Purcell said, allows the plant to continue to accumulate nitrogen during moderate drought conditions.