Plant Pathogens Genome Sequenced
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Plant Pathogens Genome Sequenced

July 27, 2010
Scientists have sequenced the genomes from two species of Phytophthora, a group of plant pathogens that attack a broad range of plants including soybeans and oak trees and together cost the agriculture, forestry and nursery industries hundreds of billions of dollars each year.

Even though Phytophthora are similar to fungi, most fungicides are ineffective at controlling them. The information gained from studying the genomic sequences of P. ramorum and P. sojae will help scientists devise strategies to combat not only these two species, but also other disease-causing Phytophthora.

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