Evading the shade

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Date: Nov. 1992
From: Agricultural Research(Vol. 40, Issue 11)
Publisher: U.S. Government Printing Office
Document Type: Article
Length: 702 words

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Recent research has shown that oleic acid levels in soybeans rise when exposed to blue wavelengths of sunlight and fall when exposed to the far-red of the spectrum. Oleic acid is a monosaturated fatty acid that is believed to lower cholesterol in the human body. Dense planting is the hallmark of soybean crops, so scientists must create a way for seed pods to avoid shade, which obscures oleic-acid-inducing blue light. With 14,000 soybean varieties in the USDA seed banks, researchers may be able to find a species that has different light-absorption abilities.

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A13013931