NCGR said that the groups have been awarded a total of $3 million from the US Department of Agriculture, the National Science Foundation, and the DOE Community Sequencing Program to sequence the genome of the organism, which it described as "a fungus-like oomycete" that destroys vegetable crops such as cucumber, squash, pumpkin, tomato, and pepper.
454 Life Sciences will perform the sequencing at its Measurement Service Center in Branford, Conn. The genome of P. capsici is around 65 million bases.
The collaborators will provide sequence information on the organism through the Phytophthora Functional Genomics Database.
The partners did not provide a timeline for when the sequencing project will be completed.