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Phytophthora sojae is a devastating plant pathogen responsible for over one billion dollars in loss of soybean crops annually in the United States. A complete draft genome was produced two years ago for this species as well as a congeneric, Phytophthora ramorum, the agent of Sudden Oak Death Syndrome, using funding from the National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture and the US Department of Energy to Brett Tyler of Virginia Bioinformatics Institute and Jeffrey Boore. More information about the publication that described this work can be found here.

Now the USDA/NSF Microbial Genome Program has made an award of over $2.1 million to Brett Tyler for the finishing of the Phytophthora sojae genome and associated informatics.  Scientists from Genome Project Solutions will collaborate to provide informatics services, including the evolutionary analysis of all gene sets of the six oomycete genomes currently available and producing of ortholog co-linearity maps.

See the award information for the NSF portion here.


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