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NAPPN Annual Conference Abstract: Genome wide association study of sudden death syndrome in soybean using deep learning-based phenotyping
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  • Ashlyn Rairdin,
  • Fateme Fotouhi,
  • Jiaoping Zhang,
  • Daren S Mueller,
  • Baskar Ganapathysubramanian,
  • Asheesh K Singh,
  • Somak Dutta,
  • Soumik Sarkar,
  • Arti Singh
Ashlyn Rairdin
Iowa State University

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Fateme Fotouhi
Iowa State University
Jiaoping Zhang
Iowa State University
Daren S Mueller
Iowa State University
Baskar Ganapathysubramanian
Iowa State University
Asheesh K Singh
Iowa State University
Somak Dutta
Iowa State University
Soumik Sarkar
Iowa State University
Arti Singh
Iowa State University


Reliable and accurate method to phenotype disease incidence and severity is essential to unravel the complex genetic architecture of disease resistance in plants, and to develop disease resistant varieties. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) involve phenotyping large numbers of accessions phenotyped across multiple environments and replications, which takes a significant amount of labor and resources. Machine learning (ML) methods are becoming more routine for phenotyping traits to save time and effort. This research aims to conduct GWAS on sudden death syndrome (SDS) of soybean [Glycine max L. (Merr.)]. This study uses disease severity from both visual field ratings and ML-based (using images) severity ratings collected from 473 accessions. Images were processed through an ML framework that identified soybean leaflets with SDS symptoms, and then disease severity was quantified on those leaflets into few classes. Both visual field ratings and image-based ratings identified significant single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers associated with disease resistance. These significant SNP markers are either in the proximity of previously reported candidate genes for SDS, such as ss715584164 and ss715610404, or near the potentially novel candidate genes, such as ss715583703 and ss715615734. Within previously reported SDS quantitative trait loci there were significant SNPs from both visual rating and image-based ratings. The results of this study provide an exciting avenue for using ML to capture complex phenotypic traits from images to get comparable or more insightful results compared to subjective visual field stress phenotyping.
04 Oct 2022Submitted to NAPPN 2023 Abstracts
04 Oct 2022Published in NAPPN 2023 Abstracts