Research Progress
White Mold publication
White Mold is one of several recent NCSRP publications resulting from collaborative, multi-state research.

Here are just a few of our successes over the years:

  • Developed greenhouse and field techniques to screen soybean varieties for resistance against sudden death syndrome, white mold, and soybean aphids.
  • Developed an economic threshold for the soybean aphid of 250 aphids/plant that economists estimate will save soybean producers more than $1.2 billion over the next five years.
  • Enabled scientists to build a “genetic library” of more than 300,000 pieces of genetic information used by public and private labs to decode the mysteries of the soybean defense mechanisms. Checkoff funding by NCSRP and the United Soybean Board leveraged more than $5 million in federal funding for this novel research program. As a result, plant breeders can further identify genes and plant material to breed soybeans with better disease and insect resistance.
  • Coordinated an effective checkoff/university response to the arrival of soybean rust in the United States. Helped develop and distribute a unified set of management/response recommendations to U.S. soybean producers.
  • Created awareness of the need for more SCN-resistant soybean varieties and founded the SCN Coalition, a visionary effort to deliver those varieties, involving seed companies, universities and checkoff partners.

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