Supplement to the Center for Soybean Tissue Culture and Genetic Engineering for engineering effective resistance to SCN;
Wayne Parrott ( University of Georgia) ($124924). The Project Manager's email is email@example.com.
Key Words: Soybean Cyst Nematode - Genetic Resistance, Genetically Engineered Soybean, Soybean Bioengineering, Induced Gene Silencing, Soybean Tissue Culture
The funds are being sought to supplement an on-going collaborative research project between the Center for Soybean Genetic Engineering and the USB-sponsored Nematode Parasitism Gene Group. The goal of this collaboration is to obtain effective, broad and durable resistance to soybean cyst nematodes. The overall plan is to have a pipeline going, whereby a steady stream of genes enters the pipeline on one end and comes out as plants tested in the greenhouse at the other end. Those events that show promise under greenhouse conditions will be increased for field testing. The development of resistant soybean varieties is complicated because there are many nematode strains and many genes for resistance. These difficulties can be overcome by engineering soybean with cyst-nematode-derived genes that makes soybean broadly resistant in a non-strain-specific way. The Nematode Team has more gene targets to evaluate than our Center has funding to transform into soybean. One-time only, supplementary funds are being sought to accelerate the overall project. This would be accomplished by increasing the number of candidate genes that will be screened for their effectiveness against cyst nematodes in soybean, and to increase the capacity for evaluation and analysis of the engineered plants.
This project is funded by United Soybean Board