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SAN DIEGO (GenomeWeb) – With a new de novo fungal genome assembly, population sequence data, and other approaches, researchers from the US, France, and elsewhere are digging into an emerging plant pathogen that could have devastating food security and economic effects: a version of the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae, adapted to infect wheat. 

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