Evaluation of USDA soybean germplasm accessions for resistance to soybean rust in the southern United States

D. R. Walker, H. R. Boerma, D. V. Phillips, R. W. Schneider, J. B. Buckley, E. R. Shipe, J. D. Mueller, D. B. Weaver, E. J. Sikora, S. H. Moore, G. L. Hartman, M. R. Miles, D. K. Harris, D. L. Wright, J. J. Marois, R. L. Nelson

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Soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] resistance to soybean rust (SBR) caused by Phakopsora pachyrhizi could reduce reliance on fungicides to manage this disease. The objective of this study was to identify soybean germplasm with resistance to field populations of P. pachyrhizi in the United States. Field evaluations of 576 accessions from the USDA Soybean Germplasm Collection for resistance to SBR were conducted at seven locations in the southern United States between 2006 and 2008. Accessions from maturity groups (MG) 000 to X and North American susceptible check cultivars from each MG except X were rated for disease severity in all year-location environments, and for disease incidence, fungal sporulation, lesion type, and/or uredinia density in certain environments. While none of the accessions was immune in all environments, 64 were resistant in two or more locations each year that they were tested. Some accessions appeared to be more resistant in certain environments than in others. Of the original four Rpp genes described in the literature, Rpp1 provided the highest level of resistance, and among the accessions with uncharacterized Rpp genes, PI 567104B had the highest overall resistance across environments. The plant introductions confirmed to be resistant in these evaluations should be useful sources of genes for resistance to North American populations of P. pachyrhizi.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)678-693
Number of pages16
JournalCrop Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agronomy and Crop Science


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