In collaboration with ISAAA, 2Blades has released a new Pocket-K (Pockets of Knowledge) entitled “Rust-Resistant Soy for Africa,” that sheds light on the escalating threat of Asian soybean rust (ASR) in Africa. This publication is the latest in a series of Pocket-Ks developed by 2Blades and ISAAA, including titles on Wheat Rusts and TALENs gene-editing tools.

As demand for soybean continues to rise in Africa, ASR has emerged as a persistent and potentially devastating threat.

Soybeans in Malawi devastated by rust. Photo credit: Godfree Chigeza, IITA

This new Pocket-K offers valuable insights into the importance of soy and the severe threat presented by ASR. It outlines efforts to control this deadly pathogen, including an overview of 2Blades’ program to develop durable solutions for African growers. Additionally, it underscores the importance of effective partnerships to translate discoveries in the lab into impact in the field, with a framework for policymakers, scientists, non-profits, seed companies, and farmers to work together to deliver ASR-resistant soybeans for smallholder farmers.

The Rust-Resistant Soy for Africa Pocket-K is available for download HERE and the direct link to the digital version can be found HERE.


Previous 2Blades-ISAAA Pocket-K publications include Rust-resistant Wheat and Plant Breeding Innovation: TALENs Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nucleases.



ISAAA is a not-for-profit international organization that shares the benefits of new bioscience technologies to key stakeholders, particularly resource-poor farmers in developing countries, through knowledge sharing, support to capacity building initiatives, and partnerships.

Pocket Ks are Pockets of Knowledge, packaged information on crop biotechnology products and related issues available at your fingertips. You can access all of the available Pocket-K publications here:



2Blades is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that advances solutions to crop losses by merging cutting-edge scientific discovery with delivery in the field, contributing to a more resilient, sustainable, and productive global food supply.  2Blades establishes and manages development programs addressing significant unsolved crop disease problems and delivers outcomes to downstream implementation partners. It conducts these programs in its own laboratories and in collaboration with leading research institutions around the world. 2Blades also manages a portfolio of specific traits and enabling technologies used in its own programs and out-licensed for broad use. 2Blades is headquartered in Evanston, IL, with research labs in Norwich, UK and St. Paul, MN, and offices in NC.