Evaluation and Development of a Biological Control Product to Control SDS and White Mold

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome leaves

By: X.B. Yang


"Sudden death syndrome (SDS) and white mold are two of the most important fungal diseases in soybean production in the US, affecting 40 -50 million acres in the North Central Region. Yield losses can be as high as 50% in fields having server infestation. Outbreaks of the two diseases occur in seasons with different temperatures. They threaten the sustainable production of soybean in the North Central Region. Furthermore, there are no effective ways to manage the risk if both diseases are considered in a farm.


Biological control products are the future for disease management in row crops, evident by numerous acquisitions of companies specializing in biological control by multi-national chemical companies. Over the years, private industry has made significant progress in the development of biological fungicides for row crops. These agents are effective in reducing fungi-causing white mold and SDS as they are easy to reproduce and can be sprayed on soil as a bio-fungicide before planting. In this study, we propose to conduct regional field tests in different production environment (Iowa, Illinois, and Minnesota) for the effectiveness of products or products in pipelines."


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