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Title: The genomics of Colletotrichum

item Crouch, Jo Anne
item O’CONNELL, R - Max Planck Society
item GAN, P - Riken Institute
item BUIATE, E - University Of Kentucky
item TORRES, M - University Of Kentucky
item BEIRN, L - Rutgers University
item SHIRASHU, K - Ishikawa Prefectural University
item VAILLANCOURT, L - University Of Kentucky

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 3/11/2014
Publication Date: 8/24/2014
Citation: Crouch, J.A., O’Connell, R.J., Gan, P., Buiate, E., Torres, M.F., Beirn, L.A., Shirashu, K., Vaillancourt, L.J. 2014. The genomics of Colletotrichum. In: Park, A.L.,Dean, R., Kole, C., editors. Genomics of Plant-Associated Fungi: Monocot Pathogens. Heidelberg, Berlin:Springer. p. 69-102.

Interpretive Summary: Fungi cause billions of dollars damage to agricultural crops and natural resources in the United States each year. This book chapter provides an overview of the genomes of Colletotrichum, a large group of fungi responsible for anthracnose disease of countless crops worldwide. Using genome data enables scientists to reveal the genetic basis for how fungi infect plants, and the interactions between a fungal pathogen and its host. This information is useful to scientists who are working to control diseases caused by fungi.

Technical Abstract: Colletotrichum are devastating fungal pathogens of major crop plants worldwide. This book chapter provides an overview of the genomics and transcriptomics of Colletotrichum. Included is an overview of the agricultural relevance of the genus Colletotrichum, the taxonomic position, information about life cycles, host range and genetic tractability. The second section focuses on genome structure, including information about characteristics of the DNA sequence, the amount of repetitive DNA, the number of protein-coding genes, insights from the genome, and distinguishing characteristics. The third section discusses applications from the sequenced Colletotrichum genomes, and future perspectives.