Soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is a devastating pathogen in soybeans. Researchers are now able to watch the genomes of worm populations change in response to their soybean hosts. Information on the SCN genome as well as new strategies for utilizing native genes to combat SCN that has evolved to overcome current genetic resistance mechanisms such as those found in PI 88788 and Peking are presented during this webinar.


Dr. Matthew Hudson is a Professor of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, with affiliations also to the Center for Digital Agriculture, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, Institute for Genomic Biology, Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation, and Departments of Entomology and Bioengineering. Dr. Hudson’s research focuses on the application of digital and genomic technologies to problems in crop science, including the discovery of mechanisms and new strategies for soybean cyst nematode (SCN) resistance in soybean and SCN virulence.

Dr. Andrew Scaboo is an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri in the Division of Plant Science and Technology and leads the northern Missouri soybean breeding and genetics research program. Dr. Scaboo received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the Universities of Arkansas and Tennessee and was a Research Geneticist with the USDA-ARS at NC State University before joining the University of Missouri. His program focuses on both conventional and herbicide resistant cultivar development, germplasm enhancement, and research in the genetic architecture underlying important agronomic and seed quality traits including SCN resistance, as well as seed protein and oil content.

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About the Author: Kelsey Litchfield

Kelsey Litchfield is the Agronomic Outreach Specialist for the Illinois Soybean Association. In her role, she manages ILSoyAdvisor media platforms and assists the agronomy team with events and field days. A native of Rio, IL, Kelsey earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2017 where she double majored in Agricultural Communications and Broadcast Journalism.

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