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Agricultural Research Service

Title: Plant Pathogen Culture Collections: It Takes a Village to Preserve These Resources Vital to the Advancement of Agricultural Security and Plant Pathology

item Kang, Seogchang - PENN STATE UNIV, UNIV PRK
item Blair, Jaime - PENN STATE UNIV, UNIV PRK
item Geiser, David - PENN STATE UNIV, UNIV PRK
item Khang, Chang-Hyun - PENN STATE UNIV, UNIV PRK
item Park, Sook-Young - PENN STATE UNIV, UNIV PRK
item Gahegan, Mark - PENN STATE UNIV, UNIV PRK
item O`donnell, Kerry
item Luster, Douglas
item Ivors, Kelly - NC STATE UNIV, FLETCHER
item Lee, Yong-Hwan - SEOUL NATL UNIV, KOREA
item Lee, Yin-Won - SEOUL NATL UNIV, KOREA
item Grunwald, Niklaus
item Martin, Frank
item Coffey, Michael - UNIV OF CA, RIVERSIDE
item Veeraraghavan, Narayanan - PENN STATE UNIV, UNIV PRK
item Makalowska, Izabela - PENN STATE UNIV, UNIV PRK

Submitted to: Phytopathology
Publication Type: Review Article
Publication Acceptance Date: April 17, 2006
Publication Date: August 31, 2006
Citation: Kang, S., Blair, J.E., Geiser, D.M., Khang, C., Park, S., Gahegan, M., O Donnell, K., Luster, D.G., Kim, S.H., Ivors, K.L., Lee, Y., Lee, Y., Grunwald, N.J., Martin, F.N., Coffey, M.D., Veeraraghavan, N., Makalowska, I. 2006. Plant pathogen culture collections: It takes a village to preserve these resources vital to the advancement of agricultural security and plant pathology. Phytopathology. 96:920-925.

Technical Abstract: Plant pathogen culture collections are essential resources in our fight against plant disease and for connecting discoveries of the present with established knowledge of the past. However, available infrastructure in support of culture collections is in serious need of improvement, and we continually face the risk of losing many of these collections. As novel and reemerging plant pathogens threaten agriculture, their timely identification and monitoring depends on rapid access to cultures representing the known diversity of plant pathogens along with genotypic, phenotypic, and epidemiological data associated with them. Archiving such data in a format that can be easily accessed and searched is essential for rapid assessment of potential risk and can help track the change and movement of pathogens. The under-explored pathogen diversity in nature further underscores the importance of cataloguing pathogen cultures. Realizing the potential of pathogen genomics as a foundation for developing effective disease control also hinges on how effectively we use the sequenced isolate as a reference to understand the genetic and phenotypic diversity within a pathogen species. In this letter, we propose a number of measures for improving pathogen culture collections.

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