Distribution

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Wild soybean are distributed in East Asia, including modern Russia (Far East of Russia), China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea (Skvortsov, 1927; Komarov, 1958; Kharkevich, 1989; Seferova, 2001; Lu, 2004). The China is a major center of diversity for wild soybeans. Glycine max subsp. soja
are distributed in area from about 24 degree north (middle-northern Guangdong Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Regions) in the south to 53 degree north (Heilongjiang River valley) in the northern China, and that there was no wild soybean to find in three regions Xinjiang, Qinghai and Hainan. The area of 30 to 45 degree north was a diverse region of the wild soybean in China, where the wild soybean has an extensive distribution, large populations and rich types. The highest point of wild soybean distribution in China was 2670 m, locating at 27 degree 30` north, Ninglang County, Yunnan Province (Xu B., 1989; K. Wang et al., 2001).

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