Dr. Andrew Scaboo joins the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology and the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources' Division of Plant Sciences as Assistant Research Professor for soybean breeding on November 1, 2014. Dr. Scaboo has served for approximately two years in the role of Senior Research Scientist conducting soybean breeding work and prior to that was a postdoctoral scholar at North Carolina State University identifying exotic germplasm, doing QTL mapping, and coordinating the regional soybean diversity trial.
Andrew earned his BS and MS Degrees from the University of Tennessee and his PhD Degree from the University of Arkansas, where he evaluated soybean inbreeding and selection methodologies for food-grade traits and identified QTL for seed protein and sucrose levels.
In this position, Andrew will combine traditional breeding methodology and modern genetic techniques to develop improved cultivars and germplasm of soybean with desirable traits especially adapted to Northern Missouri (primarily maturity groups III and IV). The position provides an important service to the soybean producers of Missouri and elsewhere through funding from commodity organizations including the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council and the United Soybean Board. Andrew's goal will be to develop a nationally recognized soybean breeding program and to work within a team of University of Missouri scientists to perform genetic and molecular analyses to identify and incorporate unique genes in soybeans to improve yield, disease resistance, drought tolerance, flooding tolerance, and seed nutritional factors and functionality. Additional activities will include whole genome analyses, marker assisted breeding, preparation of reports and grant proposals, publication of results in refereed journals, advising graduate students, and collaborating with other scientists in research within and outside of the University of Missouri.