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Identification and Significance of Plant-parasitic Nematodes to Pulse Crops and Soybean

This research project is aimed at improving the understanding of plant-parasitic nematodes of pulse crops as some species are economically important pests. Surveys of pea, lentil, chickpea and faba bean fields in prairie fields near harvest will help determine the identity and prevalence of these nematodes.

Molecular methods for identifying nematode species based on specific sequences of DNA rather than morphological features will also be developed as part of this project. Affordable and rapid soil testing procedures based on molecular identification reduce the chance of misidentification when experienced nematologists are not available. The findings of this project are expected to help address market access issues for Canadian yellow pea exports going to India.


Theme: Agronomic Improvements
Project Title: Survey of nematode pests of pulse crops and development of rapid molecular quantification of soybean cyst nematode in soil
Funding partners: Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers and Agriculture and Agri‐Food Canada
Research Team: Dr. Mario Tenuta – University of Manitoba; Dr. Michael Harding – Alberta Agriculture; Mr. Dale Risula – Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture; Dr. Ron Howard – Alberta Agriculture; Tom Welacky – AAFC Harrow; Albert Tenuta – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs; Dr. Qing Yu – AAFC ECORC


Links to more information:
  • Project Abstract
  • SPG Pulse Point magazine – October 2014, pg 8
  • SPG Pulse Point magazine – June 2014, pg 29
  • APG Pulse Crop News – Summer 2016, pg 17
  • APG Website: Research Scientist profile – Summer 2013
  • MPSG Pulse Beat magazine – Fall/Winter 2015; pg 53


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