University of Missouri Research Team Narrows Search on Soybean Parasite

Scientists from the University of Missouri, the University of Georgia and the Beijing Genome Institute have collaborated to apply next-generation sequencing on gene identification. The result was the identification of a two genes that defend soybeans from damage caused by the root-knot nematode (RKN) parasite. This is the first time that the process has been used in soybean research. Knowledge acquired from these studies could help save millions of dollars in annual yield losses and more resistant soybean varieties could be produced.

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