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Metacaspase II for Engineering Soybean for Disease Resistance
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For Information, Contact:
Dario Valenzuela
Senior Commercialization Manager, Life Sciences
515-294-4740
licensing@iastate.edu
Web Published:
5/13/2015
ISURF #
3397
Summary:
Root and stem rot of soybeans causes an estimated $300 million annually in economic losses to the agriculture industry. ISU researchers have identified a gene in that may be able to be used to create broad-spectrum resistance to root and stem rot, as well as other diseases, in soybeans.

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Description:
Root and stem rot of soybeans is caused by the oomycete pathogen Phytophthora sojae and results in significant economic losses each year in the agriculture industry. In the past, growing Phytophthora-resistant cultivars has been the major method of controlling this disease. Recently, however, ISU researchers have identified a gene encoding metacaspase II that is involved in the expression of Phytophthora resistance in soybeans. Metacaspase II has been shown to participate in regulating the cell death process in diseased plant tissues, and metacaspase II engineered soybean lines may be developed that have broad-spectrum resistance to a number of pathogens

Advantage:
• alternative to traditional plant breeding
• disease resistance cultivars can be developed quickly
Application:
Resistance to root and stem rot in soybeans.
Patent Information:
*To see the full version of the patent(s), follow the link below, then click on "Images" button.
Country Serial No. Patent No. Issued Date
United States 12/082,578 7,943,825* 5/17/2011


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