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CFCRA Soybean Cluster; Activity 6: Breeding for Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) resistance using marker assisted selection

Principal Investigator: Louise O’Donoughue
Research Institution: CÉROM
Project Start: April 2018
Project End: March 2023

Funding Partners: 
Funding for the Soybean Cluster is provided by the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AgriScience Program through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, with industry support from the Canadian Field Crop Research Alliance (CFCRA) whose members include: Atlantic Grains Council; Producteurs de grains du Quebec; Grain Farmers of Ontario; Manitoba Corn Growers Association; Manitoba Pulse & Soybean Growers; Saskatchewan Pulse Growers; Prairie Oat Growers Association; SeCan; and FP Genetics.


  • Develop SCN-resistant adapted germplasm using resistant lines issued from crosses with validated sources of resistance and marker assisted selection.


  • The identification of new sources of resistance that will be effective against the soybean cyst nematode (SCN) populations which are present in Ontario
  • The development of SCN-resistant soybean cultivars adapted to Canadian environments of maturity 00 to I
  • The continued competitiveness of soybean production in Canada despite the presence of this very serious pest

Activity Summary:
This activity proposes to develop SCN resistant germplasm in non-GM soybeans adapted to Canadian environments using marker-assisted selection. The germplasm will be adapted to Maturity Group 1-00 growing regions.