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Iowa State University

Soybean

Plant Sciences

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

2015

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Influence Of Bradyrhizobium Inoculation And Fungicide Treatment On Development And Yield Of Selected Pulse Crops; Nutritional Composition Of Pulse Legume Leaves And The Impact Of Leaf Removal On Yield, Rosemary Bulyaba Jan 2015

Influence Of Bradyrhizobium Inoculation And Fungicide Treatment On Development And Yield Of Selected Pulse Crops; Nutritional Composition Of Pulse Legume Leaves And The Impact Of Leaf Removal On Yield, Rosemary Bulyaba

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

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Declining soil fertility due to inadequate nitrogen in most soils limits farmers’ goals of increasing yield. There is environmental and agricultural benefit of reducing dependence on nitrogen fertilizer by emphasizing adaptation of favorable farming practices that minimize nitrogen fertilizer. Cowpea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.] and lablab (Lablab purpureus (L.)] are pulses with potential for grain, forage, and cover crops in the Midwest of United States, but little is known about their growth, development, and productivity potential in Iowa. We conducted a two-year field study to determine the influence of rhizobia inoculation and fungicide seed treatment of selected pulses ...


Local Vs. Systemic Modifications Of Soybean (Glycine Max) Defense Signals In Response To Soybean Aphid (Aphis Glycines Matsumura) Infestation, Khoi Nguyen Jan 2015

Local Vs. Systemic Modifications Of Soybean (Glycine Max) Defense Signals In Response To Soybean Aphid (Aphis Glycines Matsumura) Infestation, Khoi Nguyen

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Soybean aphids, Aphis glycines, are a specialized phloem-feeding pest of soybeans. They are known to employ different mechanisms to bypass plant defenses and reduce soybean plant yields of up to 50% a year. Once attacked or sensing distress, soybeans induce the oxylipin pathway, a biosynthetic pathway that produces key plant hormones. Among these hormones is jasmonic acid (JA), which is produced from linolenic acid (18:3). Jasmonic acid can signal the production of protease inhibitors as one of the products that obstructs the attackers’ ability to digest protein. Previous studies show that levels of three key fatty acid precursors (palmitic ...


Plant Tissue Analysis To Assess Phosphorus And Potassium Nutritional Status Of Corn And Soybean In Iowa, Andrew John Stammer Jan 2015

Plant Tissue Analysis To Assess Phosphorus And Potassium Nutritional Status Of Corn And Soybean In Iowa, Andrew John Stammer

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

Interest in re-evaluating the value of tissue testing to assess P and K status in corn (Zea mays L.) and soybean (Glycine max L. Merr.) is increasing. The objective of this research was to study relationships between grain yield response to P and K and the concentration of these nutrients in plant tissue. Single-year and multi-year response trials were conducted in Iowa at 30 sites for P (32 sites-years with corn and 34 with soybean) and at 53 for K (67 sites years with corn and 52 with soybean) that encompassed 17 soil series. We sampled above-ground plant parts at ...


Phenotypic And Genetic Variation In An Apios Americana Breeding Collection; And Characterization Of The Hd-Zip Gene Family, Involved In Abiotic Stress Responses In Glycine Max, Vikas Belamkar Jan 2015

Phenotypic And Genetic Variation In An Apios Americana Breeding Collection; And Characterization Of The Hd-Zip Gene Family, Involved In Abiotic Stress Responses In Glycine Max, Vikas Belamkar

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation has two main objectives: (1) morphological and genetic characterization of a little-studied edible legume native to North America, Apios americana; and (2) characterization of the soybean (Glycine max) homeodomain leucine zipper (HD-Zip) transcription factor family (involved in abiotic stress responses), and identification of candidate genes for dehydration and salt stress. In these projects, next generation sequencing (NGS) is evaluated as a tool for rapidly characterizing genetic variation (in Apios) and fine-scale genetic responses to abiotic stress (in soybean).

Apios, commonly called “potato bean,” is a nitrogen-fixing legume that is adapted to diverse climatic conditions of central and eastern ...