Development and Implementation of a Toolkit for Genomics-Assisted Breeding in Soybean
Soybean is the third most important crop in Canada, with approximately 6 million acres planted in 2018. The limiting factor for the continued expansion of the soybean crop is the development of new varieties with early maturity that also offer good yield for growers and the soybean industry. The toolkit that will be developed as part of this project will include an ultra-low-cost genotyping platform called NanoGBS+ as well as a genomic prediction tool that will guide breeders in choosing the most promising crosses to develop high yield, early maturity varieties in less time and at a reduced cost. The implementation of these tools will allow breeders to increase the rate of genetic progress and develop profitable very early maturing varieties that will thrive in the shorter Canadian summers and continue to fuel the expansion of the soybean crop across Canada.