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MU Researches Alternative Fuel

April 29, 2010

Researchers at the University of Missouri are working on a technique that could lead to a less polluted environment for all of us. Back in February, this team of researchers completed a study identifying 1.1 million base pairs of DNA in the soybean genome. This includes identifying traits that affect plant development, disease resistance and seed quality and nutrition.

So what does all this science talk mean?

Soybeans are the second-most profitable crop in the country. It’s used in food, livestock feed and industrial products. Most importantly, it’s used in soybean biodiesel, an environmentally friendly fuel.

University of Missouri professor Henry Nguyen spearheads the research while the U.S. Department of Energy is funding it. Nguyen is collaborating with researchers from other institutions, as well as animal science and nutrition experts.

But the research doesn’t end there. Nguyen will continue, looking deeper into the characteristics of soybean DNA.

You can visit these websites to learn more about the soybean genome project: MU Soybean Genomics Laboratory or National Center for Soybean Biotechnology.

Be on the lookout for an interview with Professor Nguyen in next week’s blogs.

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