Soy Researchers Discover SCN-Resistant Trait

Researchers with The SCN Coalition say they’ve identified a protein that makes soybeans more susceptible to yield-robbing nematodes.  The protein, GmSNAP02, can be inhibited to ward off SCN, according to Dr Melissa Mitchum of the University of Georgia.

Mitchum says the newly identified gene, when coupled with three others termed the Peking variety, provide additional resistance to nematodes that have developed a tolerance for the commonly used PI 88788 trait.  Mitchum says additional studies are underway to confirm that the new trait will not cause a significant loss of yield for the plant itself.

Dr Melissa Mitchum of the University of Georgia says a significant portion of the research has taken place through the University of Missouri’s soybean breeding program.