Project Details:

Improving awareness and management of Charcoal rot in soybean in the North Central Region

Parent Project: This is the first year of this project.
Checkoff Organization:North Central Soybean Research Program
Categories:Soybean diseases, Communication
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Project Year:2014
Lead Principal Investigator:Damon Smith (University of Wisconsin)
Co-Principal Investigators:
Daren Mueller (Iowa State University)
Douglas Jardine (Kansas State University)
Martin Chilvers (Michigan State University)
Teresa Hughes (Purdue University)
Kiersten Wise (Purdue University)
Robert Fanning (South Dakota State University)
Connie Strunk (South Dakota State University)
Anne Dorrance (The Ohio State University)
Terry Niblack (University of Illinois-Carbondale)
Carl Bradley (University of Kentucky)
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Keywords: Charcoal Rot, Macrophomina phaseolina

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Information and Results

Comprehensive project details are posted online for three-years only, and final reports indefinitely. For more information on this project please contact this state soybean organization.

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Final Project Results

Data from the Iowa field trial have been analyzed. Disease levels were low-to-moderate in these plots. There were no statistical differences in pathogen levels from samples among all varieties tested. There were also no differences in yield among the varieties tested at this location.

The outreach publication has been completed and mailed to all pathologists involved for distribution throughout the NC region (1,000 hardcopies distributed). The publication can be downloaded at The electronic version of the PDF has also been sent to staff assembling the website and will soon be available on-line for download in the spring of 2014.

The group has also spent the 2013-growing season collecting images and video of soybean fields and plants with symptoms of charcoal rot and signs of M. phaseolina. Video segments will be compiled by the PI and used in developing a feature video with the assistance of professional videographers and video editors at UW-Madison during the Spring/summer 2014.

This project has led to increased collaboration and communication among soybean pathologists in the NC region. This collaboration has resulted in the development of high quality materials to address charcoal rot. Because of the success of this publication and forthcoming educational videos, interest has been peaked amongst those in the group to develop more high quality disease-related materials in the future.

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