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ISSUE DATE: 03/28/2011

Researchers engineer durable soybean cyst nematode control

By Doug Rich

Soybean cyst nematodes (SCNs) were first discovered in North Carolina in 1954. Today these nematodes can be found anywhere soybeans are grown and have been known to cause yield losses up to 40 percent in some fields. These destructive parasites cost soybean growers in this country up to $860 million every year.

A group of researchers from the Department of Plant Pathology at Kansas State University have discovered a unique new way to control SCNs.

Harold Trick, professor; Tim Todd a nematologist; and Jiarui Li, a research assistant professor, have genetically engineered soybean plants with specific traits. When nematodes feed on these plants they ingest these traits, which turn off specific nematode genes dealing with reproductive development and overall fitness.

"What we do is target genes that we think might be vital for the nematode to survive," Trick said. "If we are able to turn these nematode genes off, we essentially can kill the nematode and provide the soybean with protection."


NEWS

Ag loans, grants available
Ag Youth Institute now taking applications
ARS scientists study stream bank erosion
Biotech crops record set in 2010
Broadband forum set for March 30
Clinton warns of food riots in poor nations
Cuba a viable market for Texas agriculture
Farmers encouraged to build up cash reserves
Forest Service hosts forums
Forks & Corks raises money for Harvesters food network
Glickman to keynote policy conference
Governor honors 150-year-old Kansas farms
Governor Recognizes Kansas Agriculture Week
Hall County Fair announces entertainment
Investigating herbal infusions
Japanese disaster affects U.S. ag markets, exports
Kansas Master Farmers, Farm Homemakers named
Kansas State Fair asked to prioritize assets
KDA Warns about Inspector Impersonation Fraud
KFAC offers summer course for teachers
Legislative redistricting on the horizon
Legislature approves Rural Opportunity Zone Bill
Make filing income taxes easy
Regents award emeritus status to former K-State president
Researchers test ready-to-eat meat products for carcinogens
Rural leaders head to Vietnam
Rural leaders head to Vietnam
Rural task force recovers $2.5M from thefts
Stream access hearing draws overflow crowd
USDA offers information for discrimination claims
USDA recognizes work of farmers, ranchers
Uvalde to host Farm and Range Forum
Vilsack responds to Japan tragedies
Vilsack, Lucas, claim farm bill cooperation
Wholesale prices spike on steep rise in food, oil
Women in Ag program is March 29
Women urged to save more for retirement

CROPS

ASA concerned about budget cuts to ag
ASA distributes Soybean Guide to Congress
Bioenergy feedstocks study to focus on groundwater use, economics
Biofuels Law and Regulation Conference is April 22
Canola U to continue winter canola education
Checkoff honors two for work in soyfoods, soy exports
Classic leaders show unity
Commercial real estate
Conference will bring rural community leaders together
Consider options before replanting wheat
Corn producers support bill to protect Texas grain sellers
Corn producers support increase of grain warehouse bonds
Extension offers ag conferences, field days
FAPRI presents outlook for Missouri agriculture
Field day will focus on no-till, cover crops
Flagged fields save crops, neighborly relations
Food plot meeting is March 21
Governors call for better corn-to-ethanol reporting
High commodity prices, farm income drive ag land values to new highs
IGC expects global wheat production to rebound
Kansas well represented at Corn Congress
Kansas Wheat Commission seeks commissioner for north central area
Keep good pesticide application records
K-State to Pilot Farmer Crops Database
NDA seeks specialty crop grant proposals
Nebraska Hall of Ag Achievement names honorees
Pesticide training rescheduled to March 28
Pilot program uses soy products to promote wellness in schools
Researchers engineer durable soybean cyst nematode control
RMA announces 2011 price elections
Service Valley teacher honored as KFAC teacher of the year
Sorghum board to meet
Student builds variable-rate fertilizer applicator
Study shows no-till's benefits for wheat growers
Third crop producer meeting to focus on nutrient loss prevention
Updated 'Fieldprint Calculator' debuts this spring
US boosts estimates of corn, soybean supplies
USDA, Russian scientists develop high-tech crop map
Using plants to help engines run
Wheat Yield Contest entry deadline extended to April 8
Winter canola field tours set for April

LIVESTOCK

AFBF applauds House passage of veterinary health bill
All-Breed Bull Sale consigns only Angus bulls
ASA to host Shorthorn University in June
ASI members to visit Washington, D.C.
Avoiding antibiotic residue violations
CAB awards Colvin Scholarships
CAB brand targets frozen food aisle
Cattle on feed numbers released
'Contract with Producers' highlights dairy producer conference
Creekstone recalls 7 tons beef for E. coli
Creekstone recalls 7 tons beef for E. coli
CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital to host open house
Entries are being accepted for the 2011 Flint Hills Beef Fest Cattle Contests
Establishing benchmarks when selecting bulls
Farmers prevail in EPA livestock decision
Get ready for calving season
Gifts aid Jersey youth development, research
IBIC hires director of industry relations
Improve sheep, goat management with production calendar
KAA to sponsor spring Angus female sale
Limousin breeders to gather in Salina
Limousin proves feed efficiency
Markets try to shape cattle producers' expectations
Mile High Night Hereford Sale grosses $416,610
NCBA recommends change to CME Feeder Index
NSR buoyant as China opens to live swine
OSU Livestock Judging Team benefits from donations
OSU to host Sustainable Ag Summit
Pinkeye prevention, treatment depend on causes
Plant buffers can slow runoff of veterinary antibiotics
Pork industry walking a tightrope
Pork, beef exports off to solid start in 2011
Producer, consumer interface crucial to feeding the future
Ranchers add profitability with yellow tag program
Record year for meat exports benefits soybean farmers
South Dakota Cattlewomen offer scholarships
Stockgrowers meet with governor
Temple Grandin to present cattle handling webinar
Texas AgriLife Extension, Tarleton State to host Southwest Dairy Day
Texas Stars Select Gilt Show, Sale held at San Angelo Stock Show
USCA wraps up successful fly-in
USDA revises poultry pathogen standards

EDITOR

A sustainable Big Mac?
Legislation improves enforcement of dog breeder laws
National Agriculture Day

COLUMNS

Are you paying attention?
Counties need to go
Is the timing right for a new version of 'Freedom to Farm?'
Just a scoop full
New one-piece tag debuts
Preventing immunity gap in newborns
Successful succession

MARKETS

2011 OK&T Angus Breeders Association Sale
Aberdeen livestock sales report
Apache livestock auction report
Arkansas livestock auction summary
Clovis livestock auction report
Dalhart livestock auction report
Denison feeder cattle auction report
Dodge City livestock market report
Drought conditions intensify
Dry conditions continue
Dunlap feeder cattle auction report
Georgia livestock auction summary
Goldthwaite sheep sales report
Grain market close
Grains mostly higher
Hales Angus sale report
Kansas hay moderate
Keoco Feeder Cattle Auction report
Limited moisture seen
McAlester livestock auction report
Most classes of hay selling steady
Newell sheep sales report
North Arkansas Livestock sales report
Ogallala livestock market report
OKC West livestock auction report
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales
Pratt 3 p.m. cattle sales report
Salina cattle sales report
Springfield livestock auction report
West Plains regional stockyard sale
Wheat in need of moisture in some areas

RANGE

CRP general sign-up period begins
Dry conditions in the South affecting grazing programs
Grazing for profit, biodiversity
Grazing of cattle pastures can improve soil quality
Range Beef Cow Symposium dates set
Resources available for grazing management
State hay directory updated

FAMILY

'Bid for Blue' in the March 30 Ag Equipment Internet Auction
CSU Extension to host Gardening Workshops in Julesburg, Yuma
Extension offers Master Gardener course
Green up your garden and your wallet
Greenridge 3 elegant for a triplex
Growing potatoes
Home food preservation extends fresh taste of summer
Italian night
K-State to host horticulture events
Learn about ag while playing games
Making your garden inviting to hummingbirds
Master Gardeners to host plant sale
Meditation for 3-28-11
OSU to host Gardening with Disabilities workshop
Reducing sodium intake
Save money and grow your own produce
Taste of Home Cooking School returns to southeast Kansas
Thank a farmer!
USDA launches People's Garden database, map
You can make your own yogurt but why bother?

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