A research project to study photosynthesis in soybeans, headed by Iowa State University’s Martin Spalding, received funding last week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Nearly $500,000 was provided through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants Program for the project Manipulating Rubisco Activase to Improve Soybean Productivity. The research intends to use genome-editing technology to manipulate a soybean protein to enhance photosynthesis and crop productivity in variable light environments.
Spalding is professor of genetics, development and cell biology and an associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
USDA news release