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SIUC SDS Research Leads To Patent

January 04, 2008

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According to soybean farmers, the phrase "Sudden Death" does not refer to an overtime period in a sporting event. Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) is a fungal disease that costs the soybean industry millions of dollars each year. According to scientists, Illinois producers started noticing the disease in the late 80s. In the mid 90s, SIUC researchers Dr. David LightfootDr. Khalid Meksem, and Dr. Paul Gibson started working on a test to identify plants with disease-resistent traits. This past October, Lightfoot received a patent for the assay test, which will allow the University to negotiate with private companies to license it.