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Science  24 Mar 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5768, pp. 1685
DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5768.1685a

At this new microbial database from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, researchers can compare the genomes of two pathogens that irk farmers and foresters. Both are funguslike water molds from the genus Phytophthora. P. sojae plagues soybeans and other crops, and P. ramorum blights oaks and other trees along the U.S. West Coast. Using tools on the site, researchers can identify genes that are diverging rapidly and that might enable the pathogens to victimize different hosts, says co-curator and molecular biologist Brett Tyler. Genomes from two other microbial pests are coming by the end of the year.

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