A high-quality genome resource of Botrytis fragariae

Although Botrytis fragariae was only recently identified as a new Botrytis species that causes strawberry gray mold, its prevalence extends to many states of the eastern United States.

Compared with B. cinerea, which is known to be the causal agent of gray mold on many crop plants including strawberry, B. fragariae appears to have specifically adapted to strawberry and exhibits distinct fungicide sensitivity.

The first presentation of a high-quality genome assembly of B. fragariae with gene annotation based on sequence homology and deep transcriptome data has been released. The genome sequence information from B. fragariae is expected to help reveal genomic features underlying its host specialization and evolution of distinct fungicide resistance and other novel pathogenicity mechanisms.

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