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February 24, 2023

Selection for yield stability in soybean to be featured at Elmer G. Heyne Crop Science Lecture March 2

Submitted by Michael Stamm

David Hyten, associate professor and Haskins professor of plant genetics in the department of agronomy and horticulture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, will present the 36th Elmer G. Heyne Crop Science Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, in 1014 Throckmorton Hall in the agronomy department. 

Hyten will present "Mapping and Selection for Yield Stability in Soybeans." Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in the first-floor lobby of Throckmorton Hall. The lecture is open to the campus community and public.

Hyten earned a doctorate in crop genetics from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in plant breeding and genetics from the University of Tennessee.

Hyten’s research aims to develop genomic knowledge and tools to enhance the rate of genetic gain in soybean breeding programs. A recent focus has been identifying yield stability genes. Through a better understanding of this key trait, yield stability will be able to be selected upon earlier in soybean breeding programs to ensure consistent yields for soybean producers across diverse environments.

Hyten is a member of the Center for Plant Sciences Innovation and the Nebraska Food for Health Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Prior to joining the university, Hyten worked at DuPont Pioneer as a senior research manager and at the USDA-Agricultural Research Service as a research geneticist.