Soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS)
Soybean sudden death syndrome (SDS) is caused by the non-native, invasive fungus Fusarium virguliforme. SDS symptoms include mottled pale-green and yellow leaves that may be accompanied by leaf cupping or browning. It has been responsible for double-digit yield losses in soybean fields across the Midwest.
MITPPC researchers are trying to better understand how the fungus spreads and survives in the field, so that future studies can develop tools of resistance.