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Tainan researchers unveil improved soybean variety

Tainan researchers unveil improved soybean variety

Taipei, Oct. 16 (CNA) An agricultural research station in Tainan unveiled Thursday a new non-genetically-modified soybean variety with high yields, high protein content and strong resistance to fungal disease. Dubbed "Tainan No. 10," the soybean variety has a yield of 2,100-3,800 kilograms per hectare and a weight of 25-27 grams per 100 beans, according to Wang Shih-hsien, head of the Tainan District Agricultural Research and Extension Station under the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture. In terms of nutrition, Tainan No. 10 beans boast a 41 percent protein content, higher than the 37-39 percent of regular commercial soybeans, Wang said. They also have thicker stems, shed their leaves more fully upon maturity, and are resistant to powdery mildew, a fungal disease, making them good choices for use on organic farms. Close to 900 hectares of non-genetically-modified soybeans were planted in 2014, up from 55 hectares in 2011, to produce around 2,000 metric tons of soybeans per year, Wang said. Despite the increase, however, he said the figure is still much lower than the 2.3 million metric tons of soybeans Taiwan imports annually. He said the municipal government of Tainan is making efforts to promote farming of the newly developed variety. (By Yang Shu-min and Christie Chen)


Updated : 2021-10-16 03:55 GMT+08:00