Commercialization of fungi for biocontrol of soybean nematodes;
Amy Thomas ( University of Arkansas), Bob Robbins ( University of Arkansas), Terry Kirkpatrick ( University of Arkansas) ($55000). The Project Manager's email is email@example.com.
Key Words: Soybean Cyst Nematode - Management, Soybean Cyst Nematode - Biocontrol
The researchers will develop unbiased information to support commercialization of an existing patented biocontrol fungus for soybean cyst nematode and to discover other biocontrol agents for potential control of all types of soybean nematodes. The specific objectives are to: • Identify the patented sterile Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) biocontrol fungus, ARF 18, using cultural, morphological and molecular methods; • Determine effectiveness of ARF 18 in field studies to support commercialization; • Survey for other biocontrol agents active on soybean cyst, reniform and root knot nematodes and identify the cause of the dramatic decline of SCN in test plots at the Pine Tree Experiment Station; and • Evaluate the soil from these plots at the Pine Tree Experiment Station for control of SCN races, reniform and root knot nematodes under greenhouse conditions.
This project is funded by Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board