Project Details:

Developing charcoal rot resistant soybeans

Parent Project: Developing charcoal rot resistant soybeans
Checkoff Organization:Kansas Soybean Commission
Categories:Soybean diseases, Breeding & genetics
NCSRP, USB, QSSB Project Code:
Project Year:2015
Lead Principal Investigator:Daniel Zurek (Pittsburg State University)
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Project Summary

The objective of this project is to create soybeans partially or completely resistant to the charcoal rot fungus, with the ultimate goal of producing a transgenic soybean strain able to thrive in Kansas and other locations where charcoal rot is endemic and unavoidable. Charcoal rot is ranked the fourth most economically important soybean disease (after soybean cyst- nematode, Phytophthora root rot, and seedling diseases), and there are at present no efficient control methods or resistant soybean cultivars to evade this pathogen. This disease is the top soybean crop disease in Kansas, costs Kansas farmers alone 50-60 million dollars each year, and can take a farm's entire crop during a year where the plants are experiencing high heat and drought stress. Treatment strategies to date have included crop rotation, reduced seeding, and irrigation. None of the treatment options are ideal. Therefore, the identification of charcoal rot resistant soybean plants is the goal of this project.

Project Objectives

1. Analyze the current set of plants to see that they in fact have the glucanase genetic construct, and are producing protein from it throughout the plant.
2. Determine whether this protein retains antibiotic/antifungal activity in these plants.
3. Analyze the transgenic plants for charcoal rot resistance.

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