Soybean rust research projects planned

Benedict, Linda Foster
March 2005
Southeast Farm Press;3/2/2005, Vol. 32 Issue 7, p3
Trade Publication
The article presents information on a series of research projects in 2005 to learn what they can about Asian soybean rust and how the potentially devastating disease will develop in Louisiana. The rust disease, which is spread by wind-borne spores, is feared because it's hard to detect until it's too late to do anything about it. The symptoms first appear on the bottom leaves--hidden from view. By the time a farmer sees it, the disease, which has been known to destroy entire fields, generally has taken hold. LSU AgCenter scientist Ray Schneider's discovery prompted an emergency gathering of scientists from all over the country at the LSU AgCenter. They determined hurricane winds from August 2004 had carried the rust spores into the state--and, as it turns out, eight other states in the South.


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