The Status of Soybean Genomics and Its Role in the Development of Soybean Biotechnologies
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The soybean is a major world source of edible oil and high-quality protein. It has an interesting and complex genome structure. It has a rich repertoire of genomic tools and resources that include a vast expressed sequence tag (EST) collection, a densely populated genetic map, a developing physical map, microarray resources, and an efficient transformation system. It also has a large and active research community. The array of resources available would be improved with a finished physical map and a better understanding of the gene space and chromosomal topography of the species. Still, the soybean is clearly the model crop legume.
AgBioForum, 6(1&2) 2003: 4-7.