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Whitehead and Bayer Collaborate on Smut Genome

NEW YORK, March 5 -- The Whitehead Institute and Bayer CropScience of Monheim, Germany, today announced a research collaboration on the genome of the fungal corn pest Ustilago maydis, the common corn smut.

 

Bayer CropScience will supply Whitehead with its genetic map of the corn smut genome as part of the Whitehead Institute's fungal sequencing initiative, an effort to sequence the genomes of 15 different species of fungi.

 

Results of the study will be published and available to the scientific community, the company said in a statement.

 

Bayer CropScience, working with Regine Kahmann of Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Max Planck Institute in Marburg, and Lion Bioscience in Heidelberg, created a map of the phytopathogenic fungus, Ustilago, in 2001.

 

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