University of Minnesota soybean researchers Jim Kurle and Grace Anderson are asking farmers to help them with a Phytophthora root and stem rot project.
The project, which involves the U-M Soybean Pathology Lab, entails gathering soil and plant samples from across the state to help identify Phytophthora races/pathotypes.
The project's goal is to provide a better direction for the recommendations for development of resistant cultivars within the U.S. soybean production region.
Phytophthora root and stem rot caused by Phytophthora sojae has been effectively managed with resistance. However, it has been more than a decade since the P. sojae population in the state has been catalogued.
Kurle and Anderson would like to collect soil and plants from 10 to 100 fields from 10 unique locations within each field. They hope to find 30 isolates from as many unique locations as possible.To participate, please call Kurle at 612-625-3167, or Anderson at 612-625-7789. Or email Anderson at [email protected].