1. What is the Syntinel™
Syntinel RustTracker is an
innovative, award-winning Geographical Information System (GIS)
that allows growers access to maps with AccuWeather.com® NEXRAD
radar, wind speed and direction, information from university
sentinel plots and Syngentaexclusive spore traps from across the
country. RustTracker is used as a tool that
integrates rust spore-tracking, key weather conditions and rust
Within the Web site
registered users not only have the opportunity to utilize
RustTracker, but also obtain the latest rust news and
2. What kind of information is
available from the Syntinel RustTracker?
RustTracker provides: GIS-based,
up-to-date weather information; soybean rust spore detection,
tracking and any locations of rust disease infestations.
3. Has the Syntinel RustTracker
system been modified for 2006?
Two notable advanced technologies
were added for the 2006 season. New Satellitebased Infrared
Remote Sensing crop images are being used to monitor crop
growth and development during the season, giving an aerial view
of a grower’s fields and region. Remote sensing images show
differences in plant vigor compared within a field and to other
fields in the area.
In addition, a Site-Specific
Soybean Crop Model forecasting system is helping forecast a
grower’s crop stage and yield tailored to their local field
conditions for better scouting activities and application
timing. A grower is able to input agronomic information such as
planting date, maturity group, soil type, irrigation, and
seeding rate thus tailoring the growth and yield forecast to
their farm’s growing conditions. This allows for gauging
inseason how a field is progressing and where it stands on
maturity and grain yield.
Syngenta has also implemented
Syntinel RustTracker Alerts to warn growers if suspected or
confirmed rust spores come within a 150-mile radius of their
4. What are Syntinel™
RustTracker Alerts? How do I start receiving them?
Syntinel RustTracker Alerts are
designed to inform users if suspected or confirmed rust spores
are detected in a Syntinel spore trap or if the disease is found
on a plant host within a 150-mile radius of a user’s field.
To receive Syntinel RustTracker
Alerts, simply click on the Alert link on the soybeanrust.com
homepage. You must select this option to receive the Alerts even
if you’ve already registered to receive soybean rust
5. What do the different colors
on the Syntinel RustTracker maps mean?
Rust location information is
indicated by a variety of symbols on the map:
- Red Triangle:
Confirmed Asian soybean rust (ASR) spores have been detected
in a Syntinel spore trap.
- Yellow Triangle:
Suspected ASR spores have been detected in a Syntinel spore
- Green Triangle: ASR
spores were not detected in the trap.
- Red County: The
USDA has confirmed ASR disease in a sentinel plot, soybean
field or leguminous plant (such a kudzu) in that county.
- Red-Striped County:
ASR disease has been detected in a county but the rust
infection was destroyed.
- Green County:
County is ASR disease free.
6. How timely is the data on
the Web site?
The weather portions of this site
are near real-time feeds that are updated once an hour. Rust
tracking data is posted every one to three days and even more
frequently if rust severity in the area is high. This
information is fed directly from the USDA. Information from
Syntinel spore traps will be posted as soon as it is available.
7. How does the sentinel
information differ from the Syntinel RustTracker?
Sentinel plots report the presence
of rust disease on soybean plants, which are grown in special
small plots and are monitored approximately every three days, or
more often if rust spores are detected in the area. The
information is reported to the USDA database. The Syntinel
RustTracker reports the presence of suspected or confirmed rust
spores, which can act as an early warning system,
alerting growers that rust spores have been
detected in the area and that they should increase their
8. How many spore traps have
been set up in 2006, and where are they located?
For the 2006 season, at least 2
spore traps per soybean-growing state have been set up. Spore
traps are custom-designed traps placed in locations throughout
the country and monitored by university scientists. They can
detect spores in the air and collect samples for lab analysis.
The Syntinel trap network, exclusive to Syngenta, is monitored
every two to three days and more frequently when rust is
9. What does it mean if spores
are found in a spore trap?
University researchers collect the
slides from the trap and send them to an independent university
research facility for analysis. The slides are visually examined
for spores containing characteristics of ASR. If the slide
contains more than 40 spores, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
test will be run to attempt to positively identify the spores as
ASR. If there are not enough spores to run the PCR test, the
trained researchers will visually identify the spores as
“suspected” ASR spores.
10. If spores are found does
that mean the disease will develop in the area?
No. Just because soybean rust
spores are discovered in a specific location does not mean that
the disease will develop. Weather conditions must be favorable
for disease development. Instead, the traps should be used as an
indication that rust spores are in the area triggering
heightened scouting of sentinel plots and fields with increased
attention to the Syntinel RustTracker system.
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