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Product: Soya

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   Soya belongs to these categories: Food crops, Oils, fats and waxes
   and originated in South Asia

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SOYA

Glycine max (L.) Merr. (Fabaceae).

First given its scientific name by Elmer Merrill in 1917, who put soya into a different genus, Glycine, from plants originally described by Carolus Linnaeus as beans (Phaseolus max L.). For his original description, Linnaeus used descriptions of plants from South-East Asia collected by the Dutch adventurer Georg Eberhard Rumphius in what is now Indonesia.

Native to China, soya has spread around the world as an important crop.

Life form: annual herb, sometimes vine-like, but usually bushy.

Parts used: edible seeds used for food and oil extraction; stems used as animal forage.

Ploidy level: diploid.

  

Specimen from the Hermann Herbarium at the Natural History Museum, London (Glycine max (L.) Merrill - Soy Bean)