organisms with very distinct and interesting biology," said Maryanna Henkart, NSF's division director for Molecular and Cellular Biosciences. "These new genome sequences will contribute to our basic understanding of normal plant-microbe relationships as well as their roles in disease. Generating such fundamental knowledge is at the core of NSF's mission, and we are pleased to have played a role in promoting this important project."
DOE JGI, using the iterative whole-genome shotgun approach, generated nine-fold coverage of the 95 million nucleic acid bases, or units of the genetic code, of the P. sojae genome and seven-fold coverage of the 65-million-base P. ramorum genome.
The aptly named genus Phytophthora derives its moniker from the Greek words for "plant destroyer." Part of a fungus-like group of organisms known as oomycetes, or water molds, they are relatives of such aquatic algae as diatoms and kelp. The pathogens survive as thick-walled spores that can persist in soil for years. Of the 59 recognized Phytophthora species, it was P. infestans that was responsible for the mid-19th century Irish potato famine.
Page: 1 2 3 4 Related biology news :1
Contact: David Gilbert
DOE/Joint Genome Institute
. Research study describes the role part of the brain plays in memory2
. Effect on breast tumors of DNA alternations in 3 genes described3
. MIT team describes unique cloud forest4
. Spread of plant diseases by insects can be described by equations that model interplanetary gravity5
. Pathway toward gene silencing described in plants6
. Global team of scientists describes new genus of African monkey: First in 83 years7
. Scientists describe new African monkey genus first in 83 years8
. Found in 20 percent of people of African descent: MUHC describes gene that shuts down immune system9
. Study describes how cells return to normal after responding to stress10
. Fisheries science student describes new species of mussel11
. FSU biologists describe key role of signal-transcribing gene during cell cycle