Start Date: Jun 01, 2009
End Date: May 31, 2014
For objectives 1 and 2, the lines will be evaluated in multiple locations in Michigan for yield and agronomic traits. The lines will also be evaluated for resistance to Sclerotinia stem rot in the greenhouse with the spray-mycelium method and/or drop-mycelium method developed by us. About 15% of the lines will be selected based on the greenhouse resistance to Sclerotinia stem rot, yield, and other agronomic traits. The selected lines will be evaluated in our disease nursery for resistance to Sclerotinia stem rot and yield under disease pressure. Five to 10 lines will be selected and tested in the Uniform Soybean Tests – Northern Region (19 locations in 10 northern US states and 1 Canadian province), for yield and other agronomic traits. The best 1-3 lines will be released to the public. For objective 3, the same seven populations evaluated for objective 2 will be genotyped with polymorphic SSR (simple sequence repeat) and SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) DNA markers within 20 cM on either side of 34 reported QTLs for resistance to Sclerotinia stem rot. The DNA marker data and the disease resistance data obtained under objective 2 will be analyzed together to determine if the reported QTLs are also associated with the resistance in the five new resistance sources.