Biotech Updates

ISU Researchers Sequence Genome of Fusarium

January 22, 2014

Scientists at Iowa State University have sequenced the genome of Fusarium virguliforme, a fungus that is the culprit for sudden death syndrome (SDS) in soybeans. Using the draft genome sequence, scientists have identified candidate genes responsible for SDS in soybeans. According to Madan Battacharyya, leader of the research team, the draft sequence will lead them towards discovering the mechanisms that the pathogen uses to cause SDS, and will explore on using genetic engineering to develop soybeans with resistance to SDS.

The sequencing was funded by the Iowa Soybean Association and Soybean Research Development Council. Additional funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) will be used for the development of SDS resistant soybeans.

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