Animals, Agriculture & Food
Soybeans Resist Sclerotinia Stem Rot
Inventors: Craig Grau
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) is seeking commercial partners interested in a soybean line completely resistant to white mold.
Sclerotinia stem rot, or ‘white mold,’ is caused by the fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum. The disease is a major problem for crop plants in the north-central United States and southern Canada. Although soybean cultivars have been identified that show partial resistance to Sclerotinia infection, resistance among commercial varieties is limited.
A UW–Madison researcher and others have created a new line of soybeans that are 100 percent resistant to Sclerotinia stem rot. The line is bred from previously developed, rot-resistant parents.
- Production of soybean lines resistant to Sclerotinia stem rot
- Commercial cultivars
- Genetic mapping research
- Total resistance to Sclerotinia stem rot
- Resistance trait is highly heritable.