Dr. Burton, Emeritus Professor Crop Science, is recognized as an international authority in soybean breeding.
He has extensive research experience in quantitative genetics, and statistical analysis. In his program, new soybean breeding methodology was developed and implemented. Germplasm development research has resulted in the release of nine cultivars and 20 breeding lines with improved traits for yield, protein, oil and insect resistance.
Some of his most significant research accomplishments are the development of germplasms with low-linolenic acid, low palmitic acid, and increased oleic acid in seed oil. He also investigated the relationship between F2 yield heterosis and seed yield of derived inbred lines.