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A Genomic Resource for the Strawberry Powdery Mildew Pathogen Podosphaera aphanis

Heaven, Thomas, Cockerton, Helen M., Xu, Xiangming, Godard, Matthew, Armitage, Andrew (2023) A Genomic Resource for the Strawberry Powdery Mildew Pathogen Podosphaera aphanis. Phytopathology, 113 (2). pp. 355-359. ISSN 0031-949X. E-ISSN 1943-7684. (doi:10.1094/PHYTO-03-22-0091-A) (KAR id:99031)

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Powdery mildew is one of the most economically destructive diseases in protected strawberry production. Here we present the first genome assembly for Podosphaera aphanis, the causal agent of powdery mildew on strawberry. This obligate-biotrophic fungal pathogen was sampled from a naturally occurring outbreak on Fragaria × ananassa ‘Malling Centenary’ plants grown under cover in the UK. Assembled reads resolved a 55.6 Mb genome, composed of 12,357 contigs whose annotation led to prediction of 17,239 genes encoding 17,328 proteins. The genome is highly-complete, with 97.5 % of conserved single copy Ascomycete genes shown to be present. This annotated P. aphanis genome provides a molecular resource for further investigation into host-pathogen interactions in the strawberry powdery mildew pathosystem.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1094/PHYTO-03-22-0091-A
Additional information: For the purpose of open access, the author(s) has applied a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence to any Author Accepted Manuscript version arising.
Uncontrolled keywords: Biotroph; Mycology; Horticulture; Sphaerotheca macularis; Fragaria; Rubus
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Q Science > QK Botany
Q Science > QR Microbiology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Biosciences
Funders: Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (
Depositing User: Helen Cockerton
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2022 13:34 UTC
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2023 15:38 UTC
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