An Alternative Method for Evaluating Soybean Tolerance to Heterodera glycines in Field Plots

S. R. Koenning, S. C. Anand, G. O. Myers


Alternate planting dates and periodic destruction of the previous year's soybean crop as well as 1-year bare fallow were used to establish a range of population densities ofHeterodera glycines for the subsequent year. Soybean cultivar Coker 156 (susceptible, moderately tolerant) was compared to cultivars Essex (susceptible, intolerant) and Bedford (resistant) to evaluate tolerance at different H. glycines population densities established through the previous year's treatments. Yield of Coker 156 was consistently intermediate between yields of Bedford and Essex in 1986 and 1987. Yield of Essex was negatively correlated (P = 0.05) with preplant egg numbers of H. glycines in 1987, whereas yield of Bedford and Coker 156 were not related to nematode density. Reproduction of H. glycines was greater (P = 0.05) on the moderately tolerant Coker 156 than on either of the other cultivars. Key words: Glycine max, Heterodera glycines, nematode, soybean, soybean cyst nematode, tolerance.

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