The Roundup Ready Solution Is An Important Legume Crop

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Introduction The Glycine max (L.) Merr soybean is an important legume crop (Zhang et. al. 2013). Soybeans are used to produce oils, proteins (Zhang et. al., 2013), and soymeal (Cherubin, 2008). Soybean oil is largely produced and consumed globally (Cherubin, 2008). Soymeal provides 70% of an animal’s protein (Cherubin, 2008). Canada is a top producer of soybeans worldwide (Cherubin, 2008). The Roundup Ready (R.R.) gene is often incorporated into the soybean seeds (Villela et. al., 2014) and is sold by licensed seed companies such as Monsanto, Pioneer, and Novartis (Bullock et. al., 2004). The Roundup Ready solution is a glyphosate compound, which is a low cost yet effective herbicide (Bullock et. al., 2004). The R.R. gene is incorporated into the seed, which then creates resistance to the glyphosate herbicide (Bullock et. al., 2004). The soybean then is classified as a genetically modified organism (GMO) (Villela et. al., 2014). The use of R.R. soybeans has decreased total production costs for farmers and therefore the crop is more profitable and economical as a GM plant (Bullock, et. al., 2004). The Agdia ImmunoStrip is an effective, immediate strategy to test for GMO presence in soybeans (Lawton et. al., 2010). The simplicity of the strip allows nearly instant results at any location (Lawton et. al., 2010). The ImmunoStrip will promptly assess the presence of a GM gene (Baker et. al., 2009). The test will then read positive or negative (Baker et. al., 2009). It was…
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