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Mon - October 10, 2016
by Harold N. Trick, Director of KSU Plant Transformation Lab, Kansas State University

In the past year, we have selected four transgenic soybean lines that have shown consistent improved resistance to soybean cyst nematode (SCN). Two lines that target a specific nematode gene were able to reduce the number of SCN cysts by 50-60% and the number of SCN eggs by 55-70%, compared to the control. Two lines targeting a second gene were able to reduce both cyst and egg densities by 50 to 70% compared to the control.  MORE
Wed - September 21, 2016
by Kiersten Wise, Soybean Plant Pathologist, Purdue University

For years, zone lines on the interior of soybean stems were considered a diagnostic feature of the disease charcoal rot, caused by the fungus Macrophomina phaseolina. Recent research has shown, however, that this sign is NOT associated with charcoal rot, but is associated with diseases caused by Diaporthe species of fungi, like those which cause soybean stem canker and pod and stem blight.   MORE
Tue - September 6, 2016
by Kiersten Wise, Soybean Plant Pathologist, Purdue University

As part of an on-going regional research project called Identification and Biology of Seedling Pathogens of Soybean, funded by the North Central Soybean Research Program and the United Soybean Board, we answer frequently-asked questions about soybean emergence and seed treatments in this new publication.  MORE
Fri - August 26, 2016
by Brian Diers, Soybean Breeder, University of Illinois, and Thomas Baum, Soybean Nematologist, Iowa State University

Although SCN-resistant soybean varieties are available to minimize yield loss to soybean cyst nematode (SCN), over 90% of the varieties available to growers in the north-central United States have the soybean line PI 88788 as the genetic source of resistance. The effectiveness of PI 88788 resistance has decreased over time as nematodes have adapted to this type of resistance. Producers are faced with limited options for rotation once virulent SCN populations develop in their fields.

To provide farmers with effective and durable rotation schemes, we have identified seven genes from five soybean lines, including wild soybean (Glycine soja), and are using them to develop lines with new combinations of SCN resistance genes.  MORE