Location: Foreign Disease-Weed Science
Project Number: 8044-22000-041-09
Start Date: Jun 01, 2011
End Date: May 31, 2014
The proposed research will be conducted using high throughput virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) assays to identify genes necessary for resistance towards Asian Soybean Rust (ASR). Genes targeted for silencing will be selected based upon gene mapping data of key soybean resistance genes. Using the VIGS vectors these candidate genes will be silenced, or "turned-off", in soybean plants that display resistance towards select isolates of ASR. Silenced plants will then be evaluated for a breakdown of resistance by challenging the plants with the pathogen and scoring for the development of disease.