The U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute has sequenced the soybean genome, offering researchers and breeders access to new tools. Future endeavors could include work with traits that improve yield, oil and protein content, and resistance to drought, pests and diseases.

The soybean genome has 1 billion nucleotides, or about one-third as many as the human genome, according to the United Soybean Board. The soybean checkoff helped to find the sequencing.