Auburn research examines nutrient loss in soybeans

From staff reports

According to a new report by Auburn University’s Jacqueline Kochak, Auburn University is conducting research into why soybean lose nutrients as levels of carbon dioxide increase.

Alvaro Sanz-Saez, a crop physiologist in the Auburn College of Agriculture and Courtney Leisner, a specialist in genomics-enabled plant physiology from the Auburn College of Science and Mathematics, received a grant of more than $635,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study the topic.

The researchers are growing different soybean plants from germplasm supplied by the USDA. They explained that answering the “why” question is important because if the plants lack adequate mineral nutrients, it could “lead to a kind of ‘hidden hunger’ in parts of the world where meat is scarce and people rely on plants—particularly legumes like beans, peas and lentils—for adequate nutrition,” according to the Kochack’s report.

Click here to read the full report and learn more about the Auburn University soybean research.

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