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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Application of Biotechnology to Control the Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN)

Location: Soybean Genomics & Improvement Laboratory

Project Number: 1245-21220-229-07-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Feb 23, 2010
End Date: Mar 31, 2013

The objective of this cooperative research project is to identify genes important in resistance of soybean to the soybean cyst nematode and to develop soybean plants with broad resistance to soybean cyst nematode.

Soybean genes expressed during nematode invasion will be identified that may be used to broaden resistance to SCN through soybean transformation or targeted mutations. Virtually nothing is known about the resistance or susceptible response of soybean to SCN. These genes can be over- or under-expressed in soybean roots and challenged with SCN. Genes will be identified that are up regulated during the resistance response using microarrays or genes localized to known SCN resistance quantitative trait loci (QTLs). These up-regulated genes will be over-expressed using strong constitutive promoters or under-expressed using RNA interference. Transgenic roots with altered expression profiles for candidate resistance-associated genes will be challenged with different races of SCN and the resistance profile examined.

Last Modified: 07/27/2017
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