26 February 2021 – STEAM@Soybean 2020 Breeding Workshop
In February 2020, the project has come to the 2nd Phase – Investigation. This year, students would have a taste in the current research project Prof. Lam’s research team is working on. They will try to cross breed the disease-resistant soybean cultivars in South Africa with the stress-resistant soybean cultivar developed by Prof. Lam, to develop a new soybean cultivar for the use in reviving South Africa’s marginal lands.
Near 200 students from 18 participating schools joint the preparation workshop in Zoom. In the workshop, Prof. Lam first introduced on the theoretical basis, and the conventional & modern technologies of seed breeding, including crossing, radiation, GM and genome editing. Ms. Ling Wong, research associate of Prof. Lam’s Lab then demonstrated on-site the crossing techniques. Participating students showed great interest in the breeding exercise, and were all excited to kick-start their own breeding research at schools.