HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Computer model shows increased US threat from soybean rust

URBANA, Ill. -- With support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Protection Service, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are using sophisticated computer modeling to track the spread of the fungal disease known as Asian soybean rust.

In recent years, the aggressive form of the disease has moved from Asia to Africa and into parts of South America. It first showed up in Paraguay in 2001 and now is a problem for many of the major soybean-growing areas in Brazil and Argentina. While not yet found in the United States, the recent introduction of the disease into South America raises the danger that it eventually could spread to the United States.

The latest computer models from the Illinois study indicate that the disease has most likely already spread to soybean-growing areas in Brazil and Venezuela located north of the equator, making it inevitable that rust will reach the United States in a relatively short time.

"Our work shows that the U.S. is at high risk once the pathogen that causes the disease expands its range into the northern part of South America," said aerobiologist Scott Isard of the geography department at Illinois. "We have received credible reports that this has already happened, although the Brazilian government has not confirmed it so far. If it's already established there, we could even see rust in the U.S. as soon as the current growing season and certainly no later than a year or two down the road."

With an additional grant from the USDA's National Research Initiative, Isard is working with USDA plant pathologists Glen Hartman and Montes Miles, both based on the Illinois campus, and agricultural meteorologist Joseph Russo of ZedX Inc. in Bellefonte, Pa., to further enhance the predictive capabilities of the models.

Isard notes that the model already has been used to track the past movement of rust from Asia into Africa in 1996 and the subsequent spread i
'"/>

Contact: Rob Wynstra, Agricultural Communications Specialist
wynstra@uiuc.edu
217-333-9446
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
25-May-2004


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Computer scientists at UH developing nurturing computers
2. Computer models expose humans as main cause of caribou decline
3. Computer database being developed at Temple will allow for better inventory of chemicals
4. Computer imaging of Archeopteryx skull suggests this dinosaur-bird link could fly
5. 20 May AAAS lecture: Computers that Respond to Human Emotion
6. Computer modeling targets epidemics, bioterror
7. Computer method identifies potentially active enzymes
8. Computer scientists develop tool for mining genomic data
9. Computer model offers new tool to probe Woburn toxic waste site
10. Computer models forecast sharp increase in temperature if heat-trapping emissions continue to rise
11. Computer scientist locates more than 1,000 novel genes in mouse and human

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/28/2016)... BANGALORE, India , April 28, 2016 ... subsidiary of Infosys (NYSE: INFY ), and Samsung ... global partnership that will provide end customers with a ... and payment services.      (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130122/589162 ... for financial services, but it also plays a fundamental part ...
(Date:4/19/2016)... The new GEZE SecuLogic access ... "all-in-one" system solution for all door components. It can ... door interface with integration authorization management system, and thus ... minimal dimensions of the access control and the optimum ... offer considerable freedom of design with regard to the ...
(Date:4/13/2016)... physicians supporting Medicaid patients in Central Florida ... telehealth thanks to a new partnership with higi.   ... can routinely track key health measurements, such as blood ... they opt in, share them with IMPOWER clinicians through ... location at no cost. By leveraging this data, IMPOWER ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... ... , ... The Children’s Tumor Foundation announced its annual month-long campaign to raise ... throughout the body. It affects 1 in 3,000 people of all populations; there is ... of May, as well as online activities, Neurofibromatosis Awareness Month and “I Know a ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... PUNE, India , May 3, 2016 ... Type (DNA Chip (Genomics, Drug Discovery, Gene ... Chips), End user (Academics Institutes, Diagnostics Centers), ... 2020" published by MarketsandMarkets, the market is ... 2020 from USD 7.63 Billion in 2015, ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... ... May 03, 2016 , ... ... of Dr. Nancy Gillett to its Board of Directors. Dr. Gillett recently retired ... Corporate Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer. A board-certified veterinary pathologist, Dr. ...
(Date:5/3/2016)... 3, 2016  Dr. Thomas P. McHugh , ... The Woodlands, Texas , now offers SculpSure, ... treated fat cells in just 25-minutes, leaving a slimmer ... percent of Americans report feeling bothered by excess weight ... procedures are a growing industry. This innovative new approach ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: