A high-quality genome resource of Botrytis fragariae, a new and rapidly spreading fungal pathogen causing strawberry gray mold in the U.S.A.

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TitleA high-quality genome resource of Botrytis fragariae, a new and rapidly spreading fungal pathogen causing strawberry gray mold in the U.S.A.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsWu, Y, Saski, CA, Schnabel, G, Xiao, S, Hu, M
JournalPhytopathology
Date Published2020 Jul 10
ISSN0031-949X
Abstract

Although Botrytis fragariae was only recently identified as a new Botrytis species that causes strawberry gray mold, its prevalence extends to many states of the eastern U.S. Compared to B. cinerea, which is known to be the causal agent of gray mold on many crop plants including strawberry, B. fragariae appears to have specifically adapted to strawberry and exhibits distinct fungicide sensitivity. This is the first presentation of a high-quality genome assembly of B. fragariae with gene annotation based on sequence homology and deep transcriptome data. The genome sequence information from B. fragariae is expected to help reveal genomic features underlying its host specialization and evolution of distinct fungicide resistance and other novel pathogenicity mechanisms.

DOI10.1094/PHYTO-05-20-0204-IA
Alternate JournalPhytopathology
PubMed ID32648525