Source: ARS

The detection of 3,000 proteins produced in plants of common beans could help breeders develop resistance against the bean rust fungus, Uromyces appendiculatus, a major concern for domestic dry bean and snap bean growers. This rust is prevalent throughout the continental United States, according to research by Agricultural Research Service scientists and cooperators.

Plant pathologist Bret Cooper, at the ARS Soybean Genomics and Improvement Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., leads the research, which could help scientists determine which proteins produced in bean plants are involved in providing resistance to rust fungus.

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