William Schapaugh's Research
Soybean Breeding & Genetics
The Soybean Breeding and Genetics project focuses on the development and identification of soybean cultivars and germplasm that complement the growing conditions and production constraints in Kansas. Improved genotypes are developed with enhanced traits such as yield, stress tolerance, oil quality, and resistance to diseases and pests.
The major focus of this research is to develop cultivars and germplasm for use in the general crushing market. However, opportunities exist for soybean producers to supply seed for specialty markets involving the industrial or food use of specific cultivars. Cultivars used in the production of soy milk, tofu, natto and high protein meal are emphasized.
Our material can provide the foundation for the next cycle of genetic gain by serving as parents to develop new populations and new lines by other public and private breeding programs as well as our own program, or our non-GMO and GMO material can be licensed and released directly as cultivars for commercial production.
This project also develops strategies for the deployment of varietal resistance to manage diverse and variable SCN populations and other pathogens.