Complete Characterization of the Race Scheme for Heterodera glycines


  • R. D. Riggs
  • D. P. Schmitt


One hundred thirty-eight isolates of Heterodera glycines from nine states in the United States, People's Republic of China, and Indonesia were tested on the four standard soybean race differentials. A total of 12 variants were found, including the five races described previously. The seven variants that did not correspond to one of the described races and reports from other areas of populations that could not be classified are evidence that the present race classification system needs to be fully characterized. Eleven additional races are described; this expands the total to 16 races, the maximum possible using the four prescribed differentials and a + or - rating for each. The seven new races are designated as 6, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, and 16. This complete characterization of the race scheme will allow for immediate communication of the discovery of the remaining four races plus the identification of previous undescribed races. Key words: Heterodera glycines, race, soybean, soybean cyst nematode.