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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 281367, 7 pages
Review Article

Recent Achievement in Gene Cloning and Functional Genomics in Soybean

1Key Laboratory of Soybean Molecular Design Breeding, Northeast Institute of Geography and Agroecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Harbin 150081, China
2Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Nanjing 210014, China

Received 19 August 2013; Accepted 18 September 2013

Academic Editors: C. Cilas and Y. Yu

Copyright © 2013 Zhengjun Xia et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Soybean is a model plant for photoperiodism as well as for symbiotic nitrogen fixation. However, a rather low efficiency in soybean transformation hampers functional analysis of genes isolated from soybean. In comparison, rapid development and progress in flowering time and photoperiodic response have been achieved in Arabidopsis and rice. As the soybean genomic information has been released since 2008, gene cloning and functional genomic studies have been revived as indicated by successfully characterizing genes involved in maturity and nematode resistance. Here, we review some major achievements in the cloning of some important genes and some specific features at genetic or genomic levels revealed by the analysis of functional genomics of soybean.