Soybean breeding at Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops in Novi Sad does not have a long tradition, nor does soybean growing in Serbia. During mid 1970s soybean began to be bred more intensively, aiming at development of high-yielding domestic cultivars of various maturity groups, of good adaptability and yield stability, resistant to most wide-spread diseases.A collection of some genotypes grown at that time and a larger number of cultivars and lines gathered from various parts of the world served as the initial breeding material. Soybean germplasm collection grew as a result of cooperation with foreign research institutions, nowadays comprising over 800 soybean genotypes. As a result of cooperation with N.I. Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry (VIR), NS soybean genotypes collection database is available at VIR website (http://vir.nw.ru)
Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops maintains a diverse and successful cooperation with different research facilities worldwide. This cooperation includes exchange of information, germplasm, research results and experts, as well as setting up joint trials.
Besides scientific research, Institute produces all soybean seed categories – prebasic, basic, and C1 or certified seed of the 1st generation. All producers interested in producing commercial NS soybean seed can purchase the seed at the Institute.