Soybean research endowed chair named
Purdue agronomy professor Jianxin Ma has been named the first Indiana Soybean Alliance Endowed Chair in Soybean Improvement. The alliance says it established the chair to advance soybean research in areas, such as genome editing and phenotyping.
ISA says by making an investment in the endowed chair position, it is supporting one of its goals of the organization to help farmers see “profits by prescription.”
“ISA established this endowed chair for soybean research because our mission is to bring value to Indiana farmers in a way that sustainably improves their yields and profitability. Dr. Ma’s work is critical to our goals of higher yields and responsible farming techniques,” said ISA CEO Courtney Kingery. “As a leader in the field of soybean genomics, Dr. Ma is at the cutting edge of expanding the value of Indiana soybeans while producing them with environmentally sustainable practices.”
Purdue says Ma is one of the best soybean geneticists in the U.S. and has received international recognition for his research.
“Over the years, our soybean genetics research has been generously funded by the Alliance; this strong support will further enhance our capability to acquire new knowledge and translate it into innovative approaches and tools for soybean improvement that will increase farm profitability in Indiana and across the nation,” said Ma.
ISA says investing in soybean research and Ma’s work will lead to more efficient crops with new uses for decades to come.