Submitted to: Annual Beet Sugar Development Foundation Research Report
Publication Type: Research Notes
Publication Acceptance Date: April 10, 2012
Publication Date: May 20, 2012
Citation: McGrath, J.M. 2012. Germplasm releases: EL50/2; EL58 through EL66; SR99 through SR101 [CD-ROM]. 2012 Annual Beet Sugar Development Foundation Research Report. Denver, Colorado: Beet Sugar Development Foundation.
Sugar beet cyst nematode is an old but recently (re)appreciated problem in Michigan, particularly in areas where beet has been grown longer than others. Few complete control measures are available and genetic resistance appears to be an option for minimizing losses due to nematode damage. Working with scientists and company researchers, the East Lansing ARS germplasm enhancement program developed and released sugar beet populations that maintain yield under more severe instances of sugar beet cyst nematode infestation in Michigan grower's fields and in severely infested fields in a nematode nursery in Brawley, CA. These germplasm resources are being released to the sugar beet seed companies for incorporation into hybrid varieties.