Nov 16, 2018
“Pyramiding of Alleles from Multiple Sources Increases the Resistance of Soybean to Highly Virulent Soybean Cyst Nematode Isolates” with Dr. Brian Diers.
One of a farmer’s greatest enemies is a nemesis that they never even see. A nematode sounds like a ghastly swamp monster – in reality, it’s a microscopic worm that does some big time damage to soybean fields. These little guys love living in the soil and sucking on soybean roots. A bad infestation of soybean cyst nematodes can cost a farmer around 30 to 40% of his or her crop.
So how does one fight a nemesis that is too small to see? You build up a resistance. That’s what Dr. Brian Diers is developing through his soybean breeding research. He’s been working with crop wild relatives, soybean varieties, and plant breeders to identify sources of resistance and ways to incorporate that resistance into soybean.
This process is a race against time. Resistant soybean varieties are almost entirely from a single source. Nematodes are becoming more and more capable of overcoming this resistance.
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If you would like more information about this topic, today’s paper is available here: http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.2135/cropsci2016.12.1007
It will be freely available from 16 November to 30 November, 2018.
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Brian’s Other Crop Science Papers
“Impact of Soybean Cyst Nematode Resistance on Soybean Yield” http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.2135/cropsci2016.07.0628
“Fine Mapping of the SCN Resistance QTL cqSCN-006 and cqSCN-007 from Glycine soja PI 468916” http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.2135/cropsci2012.07.0425
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