The elite variations in germplasms for soybean breeding

Delin Li, Zhengwei Zhang, Xinyue Gao, Hao Zhang, Dong Bai, Qi Wang, Tianqing Zheng, Ying Hui Li, Li Juan Qiu

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The genetic base of soybean cultivars (Glycine max (L.) Merr.) has been narrowed through selective domestication and specific breeding improvement, similar to other crops. This presents challenges in breeding new cultivars with improved yield and quality, reduced adaptability to climate change, and increased susceptibility to diseases. On the other hand, the vast collection of soybean germplasms offers a potential source of genetic variations to address those challenges, but it has yet to be fully leveraged. In recent decades, rapidly improved high-throughput genotyping technologies have accelerated the harness of elite variations in soybean germplasm and provided the important information for solving the problem of a narrowed genetic base in breeding. In this review, we will overview the situation of maintenance and utilization of soybean germplasms, various solutions provided for different needs in terms of the number of molecular markers, and the omics-based high-throughput strategies that have been used or can be used to identify elite alleles. We will also provide an overall genetic information generated from soybean germplasms in yield, quality traits, and pest resistance for molecular breeding.

Original languageEnglish
Article number37
JournalMolecular Breeding
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2023
Externally publishedYes

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  • Core collection
  • Elite allele
  • Gene mapping
  • Molecular breeding
  • Omics
  • Soybean germplasm

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Plant Science


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