USDA funds $9.3 m soybean pathogen research
The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is funding a $9.3 million study to develop disease management technologies and improve the sustainability of soybean production. It will focus on oomycete pathogens of soybeans, especially Phytophthora sojae, the causal agent of root and stem rot, and Pythium species. Losses due to the fungi reportedly cost the US soybean industry more than $300 million per year. The research will be carried out by a multidisciplinary team from 18 US institutions. It will be led by Professor Brett Tyler from the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Professor M A Saghai Maroof at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech (both Blacksburg, Virginia).