The USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has joined forces with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis in an effort to improve soybean traits.

Well known as a world-class research facility, ARS combined efforts with the Danforth Center to focus on developing methods to improve soybean productivity and the value of soybean protein and oil.

During the past 40 years, wheat yields have improved 115% and corn yields 168%, while soybean yields have increased only 42%.

The combined efforts will allow USDA researchers to take advantage of special opportunities for collaborating with scientists in the field of plant genomics.