The Push to Pit Genomics Against Fungal Pathogens

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Science  22 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5525, pp. 2273-2274
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5525.2273

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Despite the damage done to plants by pathogenic fungi, researchers have barely begun sequencing the genomes of these serious plant pests. Money--or the lack thereof--is the main problem. But as the human genome project winds down, the big sequencing centers are beginning to take an interest in fungal genomes. Recent efforts should at least begin to provide plant pathologists with a new arsenal of knowledge for neutralizing the threats that fungi pose to both food crops and ornamental species. And the information could be applicable to much more than plant diseases.