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Purdue Researchers Identify New Soybean Gene to Fight Phytophthora
Posted by: Prof. Dr. M. Raupp (IP Logged)
Date: September 26, 2017 02:10PM

Researchers from Purdue University and Dow AgroSciences have discovered a
novel soybean gene that provides resistance to multiple types of
Phytophthora sojae, the soil-borne pathogen causing soybean farmers in the
U.S. to lose approximately $250 million per year due to soybean stem and
root rot.

The researchers screened a wide variety of soybean genetic material and
identified the gene Rps11 that confers strong resistance to Phytophthora
sojae. The discovery will allow development of molecular markers so that the
resistance gene could be rapidly incorporated into elite soybean varieties
to help protect farmers' soybean yields against stem and root rot. Dow
AgroSciences intends to make the technology broadly available to soybean


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