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JGI, Plant Research International to Sequence Genome of Plant Fungus

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 (GenomeWeb News) - Plant Research International and the Joint Genome Institute of the US Department of Energy on sequencing the genome of the Mycosphaerella graminicola fungus.


The fungus causes septoria tritici leaf blotch disease, the primary threat to wheat cultivation in Europe, the Dutch firm said. The cost of fighting the disease is estimated at €600 million ($800.7 million) annually, which is 70 percent of the total budget allocated to fungicide spraying in Europe.


The study will be carried out under the direction of the Community Sequencing Program of the DoE.

The Scan

Guidelines for Ancient DNA Work

More than two dozen researchers have developed new ethical guidelines for conducting ancient DNA research, which they present in Nature.

And Cleared

A UK regulator has cleared former UK Prime Minister David Cameron in concerns he should have registered as a consultant-lobbyist for his work with Illumina, according to the Financial Times.

Suit Over Allegations

The Boston Globe reports that David Sabatini, who was placed on leave from MIT after allegations of sexual harassment, is suing his accuser, the Whitehead Institute, and the institute's director.

Nature Papers on Esophageal Cancer, Origin of Modern Horses, Exome Sequencing of UK Biobank Participants

In Nature this week: genetic and environmental influences of esophageal cancer, domestic horse origin traced to Western Eurasian steppes, and more.