During the course of genetic studies of possible linkage associations involving factors controlling nodulation response in soybeans, we found it desirable to increase the size of the F2 population produced in the greenhouse during the winter. We endeavored to do this by vegetatively propagating the F1 hybrid plants for use in seed production. We visualize that vegetative propagation would also be useful for other purposes: (1) maintaining aneuploids which segregate at meiosis, and (2) providing propagules which may be subjected to different photoperiod regimes, thus providing coincidence of flowering in crosses of uncertain maturity when little seed is available.
Plaskowitz, J. S. and Devine, T. E.
"Research Notes: Vegetative Propagation of Soybeans,"
Soybean Genetics Newsletter: Vol. 3
, Article 10.
Available at: http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/soybeangenetics/vol3/iss1/10