Location: Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research
Project Number: 8044-22000-047-002-A
Project Type: Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 1, 2020
End Date: Aug 31, 2021
Sequence the genomes of diverse Xanthomonas campestris strains isolated from non-native and native cruciferous weeds and perform comparative genomics and phylogenetics, in order to elucidate microbial evolution, gene transfers, and pathogen emergence.
Approximately 40 Xanthomonas campestris strains will be sent to the Cooperator (MTRA #66424) for sample preparation and sequencing. Eight additional Xanthomonas campestris strains from weeds and crops will be included. Comparative genomics will be used to characterize known virulence and pathogenicity-related genes and used to infer horizontal gene transfer events and pathogen emergence.