National Soybean Research Laboratory



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The National Soybean Research Laboratory (NSRL) is engaged in research, outreach and education related to soybean production, nutrition and international development. We provide nutritional support in areas around the world that face extreme challenges of malnutrition.

The laboratory leads the way in developing innovative processing and marketing techniques involving soy. They educate society on the advantages of a soy enriched diet along with promoting the health benefits of eating soy. They also explore the genetics of soybeans, respond to marketplace challenges and assist in expanding the scope, size and profitability of the U.S. soybean industry.

The National Soybean Research Laboratory coordinates soybean production research with leading experts in soybean breeding, entomology, pathology, nanotechnology, nematology, genetics, weed science, climatology, and virology. The soybean production research is focused on increasing soybean yield and improving soybean quality for U.S. soybean farmers.  Soybeans are an important U.S. crop and a valuable global protein resource. NSRL appreciates the support and check off funding provided by Illinois soybean producers. We work closely with the Illinois Soybean Association to provide valuable research with measurable results that benefit Illinois soybean farmers. We also collaborate with industry stakeholders who are involved with soybeans including the United Soybean Board, the North Central Soybean Research Program, and the United States Department of Agriculture, and others to realize the full value of the soybean through innovative research efforts.
NSRL also has a long history of work with applying the value of soy in animal nutrition, industrial applications and for human consumption. Animal agriculture is the largest consumer of soy protein and a growing industry around the world. Soy is an excellent protein resource and an efficient feed ingredient. Soy application in industrial products continues to grow and NSRL continues to explore ways to expand the use and knowledge for soy biodiesel. Soy proteins and oils are important ingredients in the American diets in the for both functional and nutrition reasons.  NSRL has been working with connecting the cost effective and highly nutritious soy protein to the global challenge of hunger and malnutrition. The National Soybean Research Laboratory, through partnerships with the Illinois Soybean Association, the American Soybean Association and the World Initiative for Soy in Human Health, the United States Department of Agriculture, and other partners now works in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean to create soy-based solutions.

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