Engineering High Protein Content Soybeans

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This invention is an enabling technology to create enhanced value soybean seeds with higher proportional seed protein content.


Soybeans are the primary global source of plant-source protein. About 70% of the global protein input for animal feed is obtained from soybean. The soybean industry has a strategic goal of increasing seed protein content while preserving maximum oil content. Soybean seed protein content is regulated by genotype and can be bred as a trait, however, protein composition is far more plastic, termed proteome rebalancing, and can be significantly altered.



  • Enhanced seed protein content
  • Enabling technology for future biotechnology improvements

Status: issued U.S. patent #11,098,320

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Contact For More Information:
Tod McCauley
Assistant Director of Licensing, CALS
The University of Arizona
Lead Inventor(s):
Eliot Herman