Role of Public and Private Soybean Breeding Programs in the Development of Soybean Varieties Using Biotechnology
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Modern biotechnology has and will continue to play a valuable role in public and private soybean breeding programs. Tools provided by biotechnology will not replace soybean breeding in the public and private sectors but rather will help provide new discoveries and improve upon the overall efficiency of soybean improvement. Public soybean breeders conduct basic plant breeding research in breeding methodology and germplasm development. In addition, public breeders are involved in educating future plant breeders with the latest biotechnological advances in molecular genetics/biology and laboratory techniques as well as conventional plant breeding practices. The majority of variety development is conducted by private soybean breeders. Biotechnology can be used in virtually every facet of plant breeding activities by both public and private soybean breeders.
AgBioForum, 6(1&2) 2003: 27-32.