Tropical soybean varieties evaluated in Africa-wide testing platform

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The Soybean Innovation Lab Germplasm & Plant Breeding research team is collaborating with the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA) and the African Agricultural Technology Foundation to implement coordinated soybean variety tests across several countries in Africa. SFSA’s trialing platform, known as Seeds2B, began in 2013 evaluating tomato and sunflower seed varieties. SIL researchers Dr. Brian Diers and Dr. Randall Nelson from the University of Illinois approached SFSA to include soybean in the Seeds2B trialing platform. SIL provides the best African soybean varieties from research partners across Africa in an effort to identify the highest yielding, bestperforming, and most locally adapted soybean varieties for the market. The Seeds2B platform facilitates the testing and registration of modern varieties and the establishment of distribution systems for quality seed in Africa. Dr. Diers and Dr. Nelson solicited and provided a total of 38 soybean varieties from its African research partners and Brazilian partner for entry in the SFSA evaluation.

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