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A coordinated effort to manage soybean rust in North America: A success story in soybean disease monitoring

Sikora, E. J., Allen, T. W., Wise, K. A., Bergstrom, G., Bradley, C. A., Bond, J., Brown-Rytlewski, D., Chilvers, M., Damicone, J., DeWolf, E., Dorrance, A., Hartman, G. L.
Plant disease 2014 v.98 no.7 pp. 864
Phakopsora pachyrhizi, disease surveillance, epidemiology, extension education, farmers, fungi, new methods, soybean rust, soybeans, North America
The anticipated threat of soybean rust (SBR), caused by the fungus Phakopsora pachyrhizi Sydow, resulted in an unprecedented effort to develop and implement disease monitoring and education platforms in North America. Since 2005, the primary platform for SBR information dispersal, known as the Soybean Rust-Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (SBR-PIPE) has relied on real-time disease monitoring observations to track and predict in-season spread of SBR in North America. Quantitative and qualitative data continue to be collected and reported through this monitoring program. As of 2012, over 73,000 data points have been uploaded to SBR-PIPE, representing 8 years of SBR monitoring data. Although the data have limitations due to the collection methods and objectives of the monitoring program, they are available to researchers to answer important questions on the epidemiology and biology of SBR. Due to changing priorities and resources, SBR monitoring will likely not continue in its current form. In the future, innovative methods must be implemented to monitor SBR and provide management suggestions to soybean farmers in North America.