John C. Gardner and Thomas L. Payne
University of Missouri-Columbia

Soybean has been closely associated with developments in science and technology, which established it as the world’s leading source of vegetable oil and protein. Soybean will remain a candidate for further development via biotechnology based upon its genetic and product potential if research funding is adequate and includes a strategic partnership between the public and private sectors.

Key words: Soybean, Glycine max, research funding, genomics, oilseed processing.