Advances in Genetics and Breeding of Salt Tolerance in Soybean

  • Huatao Chen
  • Heng Ye
  • Tuyen D. Do
  • Jianfeng Zhou
  • Babu Valliyodan
  • Grover J. Shannon
  • Pengyin Chen
  • Xin ChenEmail author
  • Henry T. NguyenEmail author


Salt stress is one of the major abiotic factors affecting crop growth and production. In general, soybean is sensitive to salt stress. The success of soybean improvement for salt tolerance depends on discovery and utilization of genetic variation in the germplasm. In this chapter, advance in salt-tolerant research and breeding was summarized by highlighting the genetic diversity, quantitative trait loci (QTL), identification of the major locus (Glyma03g32900), and improvement of soybean varieties in salt tolerance. The ion exclusion and tissue tolerance mechanisms regulated by this major locus are discussed. In addition, genomic resources and high-throughput phenotyping platforms that can facilitate a better understanding of phenotype-genotype association and formulate genomic-assisted breeding strategies are prospected.


Soybean QTL QTN Next-generation sequencing Marker-assisted selection Single nucleotide polymorphism 



Cation exchanger


Genome-wide association studies


Marker-assisted selection


Next-generation sequencing (NGS)


Na+/H+ antiporter


Quantitative trait loci


Quantitative trait nucleotides


Single nucleotide polymorphism



This chapter is a joint contribution from the University of Missouri (MU), USA, and Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences (JAAS), China. We thank JAAS for Huatao Chen visiting scholarship at MU.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huatao Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Heng Ye
    • 1
  • Tuyen D. Do
    • 1
  • Jianfeng Zhou
    • 3
  • Babu Valliyodan
    • 1
  • Grover J. Shannon
    • 1
  • Pengyin Chen
    • 4
  • Xin Chen
    • 2
    Email author
  • Henry T. Nguyen
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Division of Plant SciencesUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Industrial Crops, Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural SciencesNanjingChina
  3. 3.Division of Agricultural Systems ManagementUniversity of MissouriColumbiaUSA
  4. 4.Division of Plant SciencesUniversity of Missouri, Delta Research CenterPortagevilleUSA

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