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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.

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