White mold of soybean is caused by the fungal pathogen, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, and is a devastating disease in the Great Lakes growing region of the United States. The integrated management techniques used to control this disease are multi-level including the manipulation of row spacing, adjusting planting population, and using fungicides along with genetically resistant cultivars.
There is a significant need to test all combinations of control strategies together to measure the full effect on white mold control. Thus, the objective of our current work are as follows:
- Improve management of white mold by determining the greatest methods for reducing disease pressure.
- Develop soybean lines with high white mold resistance while also retaining favorable agronomic traits.