Seeking Emerging Technologies for Control of Asian Soybean Rust
Awarded Submissions Announced!
A client is seeking emerging technologies for control of a disease called Asian soybean rust (ASR).
ASR is a globally significant disease affecting soybean production in major markets. It is caused by the fungal pathogens Phakopsora pachyrhizi and/or Phakopsora meibomiae. Current options used for managing this disease are crop rotation, fungicide application, and development of resistant varieties. All have significant limitations. Crop rotation has poor efficacy because ASR has a broad host range of over 80 species (30 legume species, including the highly invasive weed kudzu) which can serve as disease hosts. The disease cycle is fast, producing spores that can travel significant distances and infect leaf tissue directly. Synthetic fungicides are costly and pathogen resistance to triazoles and strobilurins is already an issue. Although several types of resistant alleles/genes in soybean have been identified, the resistance is frequently limited to certain pathogen races, and this resistance is typically not durable.
Consequently, the client is seeking broad spectrum, stable ASR control technologies.
Technologies of interest include any solution that could be the basis for controlling Asian Soybean Rust:
Technologies NOT of interest include:
RequirementsAll submissions must be emerging ASR control technologies that are:
Although the seeker is willing to consider solutions whose primary application is in a plant species other than soybeans, the submitter must provide evidence or a reason to believe that the solution may be effective on soybeans, and that it meets all of the requirements listed above.
The following criteria must be met and documented for the seeker to consider the technology:
$2,000 referral fee for each accepted lead.