Texas Tech University

Researcher Identifies Gene, Mechanism Behind Male-Sterile Soybean Lines

By: George Watson 

Venugopal Mendu

Since 2000, soybean production in the U.S. has been on a slow, steady rise. Aside from a couple of small dips in production, soybeans have proven to be a productive, economically feasible crop, reaching a peak of 4.5 million bushels produced in 2018.

Soybeans also have become one of the most exported crops by U.S. farmers, rising from 973,000 exported bushels in 1999 to 2.17 million bushels sent overseas in 2016. The global soy food-market value worldwide is expected to grow from $38.7 billion in 2018 to $53.1 billion in 2024.