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MRA 2 Grain and Seed Quality


Principal Investigators:

Dr. Kristin Bilyeu 

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kristin Bilyeu is a Research Molecular Biologist with the USDA-ARS and an Associate Professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at the University of Missouri. Dr. Bilyeu leads the Soybean Innovation Lab’s efforts to develop a low-processing soybean variety that does not require traditional heating methods to remove the bean’s anti-nutritional factors. Dr. Bilyeu’s method for removing the trypsin inhibitors and lectin (KTI and Le), the two factors that require heat processing for utilization, involves selecting and developing low KTI and Le null traits from naturally occurring mutations, combined with conventional breeding. Dr. Bilyeu also collaborates with SIL researchers on developing low-phosphorous soybean varieties and on extension and support to smallholder soybean farmers through soybean success kit distribution in Ghana and Mozambique.


Dr. Kerry Clark 

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Kerry Clark is a Senior Research Specialist with the Bradford Research Center in the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Dr. Clark and her colleagues at the University of Missouri lead the Soybean Innovation Lab’s efforts to assemble and distribute the soybean success kits in Ghana and Mozambique, including coordinating the assembly and distribution with local partners and Ministry of Agriculture extension agents. Dr. Kerry Clark has an MS in agronomy and PhD in soil science from the University of Missouri and has twenty years of experience as a soybean breeder. She has co-released seven public varieties and many more branded varieties. 

Associate Investigators:

Carrie Miranda 
University of Missouri

Carrie Miranda is a PhD student in the University of Missouri’s Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics program. Carrie is working with Dr. Bilyeu on low-latitude soybean adaptation, low-processing and lowphosphorous variety development. Carrie is a recipient of the prestigious U.S. Borlaug Fellows in Global Food Security Program and attended the Borlaug Summer Institute on Global Food Security in 2015. For her fellowship, Carrie will spend one year with Dr. Nicholas Denwar at the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Ghana understanding how maturity, long juvenile, and stem architecture traits can influence the adaptation of soybean to low latitudes, specifically northern Ghana. She will conduct preliminary yield trials in Ghana to understand which allelic combination of these traits can maximize yield.



Dr. Steve Boahen 
International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Steve Boahen is a Legume System Agronomist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Mozambique. Dr. Boahen’s research includes developing improved crop management technologies for legume-based cropping systems with a focus on identifying physiological and management constraints to productivity, developing efficient nutrient management and inoculation methods for enhanced nodulation and N2 fixation as well as community-based seed systems. Dr. Boahen collaborates with SIL on soybean adaptability research by evaluating long juvenile and low processing varieties in Mozambique. SIL is actively working to expand its collaboration with the IITA-Mozambique team as well as with the Mozambique Institute of Agricultural Research (IIAM).