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  • -= Mercurious Chat =- (corbin Chat Log)Hosted by Dr. Tom Corbin of Pioneer

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    5/29/2003 10:24:33 AM - Room opened by Moderator.

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    Hello and welcome to the online chat with Dr. Tom Corbin, Research Scientist at Pioneer, a DuPont Company.

    Kerrie Brandt - SEI Staff at from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Do you research any other plants or do you focus primarily on soybeans?

    My primary focus is Soybeans. I develop new soybean varieties for farmers to grow.

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at Space Ed from De Pere, Wisconsin writes:
    Sorry for the inconvenience. We have experienced some technical issues. If you do not see your questions, please repost them.

    Kevin Mentzel - SEI Staff at from Green Bay, Wisconsin asks:
    How can developing new varieties of soy bean help farmers?

    New varieties can be higher yielding than the current varieties. We can incorporate pest resistance to protect the yield in the field. Resistance to Phytophthora root rot, soybean cyst nemates, and sudden death syndrome are the three I am the most concerned with.

    James Schmidt - SEI Staff at from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    Do you find there is a lot of resistence to genetic engineering?

    There is some resistance to genetic engineering. More people are accepting the technology all the time. Most of the soybeans grown in the US are genetically engineered.

    Kevin Mentzel - SEI Staff at from Green Bay, Wisconsin asks:
    Are soy beans used for anything besides food?

    Soybeans are used in many different applications. The largest use is animal feed. The soybeans are processed by separeting the whole seed into oil and protein meal. The meal is feed to poultry, swine and cattle. There are other products such as inks for printing from the oil. Paint additives from the solids. Adhesives in building marterials are made from soybeans. The list is long, a more thorough list may be found through the American Soybean Association WEB site.

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at from writes:
    Thanks to all of you who submitted questions. Check back tomorrow to see an archive of the chat. Special thanks to Dr. Tom Corbin for joining us today. The chatroom will be closing at 11:30 Central Time.

    James Schmidt - SEI Staff at from De Pere, Wisconsin asks:
    How do you incorporate pest resistance into plants?

    The genes for pest resistance may be found in some land races of soybeans. These resistance genes are moved to the adapted varieties through hybridization and selecting the high yield - pest resistant segregates.

    Brian Dannemiller - Moderator at from writes:
    5/29/2003 11:32:42 AM - Room closed by Moderator. Thank you for your participation.

     
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