NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – DuPont Pioneer and the Two Blades Foundation today announced a research collaboration to develop soybean varieties with greater resistance to Asian Soybean Rust.

The deal is focused on identifying novel genes that could lead to greater resistance to ASR in soybeans. The disease, which is caused by fungi, reduces seed quality and soybean yield, the partners said, adding that current screening of soybean germplasm for durable and race-independent resistance to ASR has been unsuccessful.

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