Positive Impact of Soybean Nematode Research
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have identified three genes that make soybeans resistant to the most harmful disease, soybean cyst nematode. The disease is the most catastrophic soybean disease according to yield losses worldwide. It is crucial that the soybean nematode disease be addressed as the soybean is the one of the most important sources of protein feeding the global population.
Management of parasitic nematodes has been difficult as 95 percent of the pests live in the soil. NC-1035 scientists have developed a protocol to test how invasive pests are and gauge the susceptibility of the soil. Scientists have also developed tools to manage nematodes, and have made data-sharing available across state lines so that research can be optimized throughout the region.
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