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Researchers Win $1.9M to Study Plant Pathogen Genomes

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 3 - The National Center for Genome Resources and the Ohio Agricultural Research and DevelopmentCenterwon a $1.9 million National Science Foundation grant for a four-year study of Phytophthora plant pathogen genomes, the organizations said today.


The Santa Fe, NM-based NCGR and the OARDC, based at OhioStateUniversity, will analyze Phytophthora genomes using high throughput functional screening to search for virulent genes.


Phytophthora pathogens cause diseases affecting many agriculturally important crops, including potato, soybean, cocoa, and strawberries. Researchers estimate worldwide crop loss from the pathogens at approximately $10 billion per year.

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