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Sunflower plants with white mold infection caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum in the field. The fungus mycellia are the white mass around the base of the stem. (Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org)..

The genome of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum was not sequenced by the JGI, but by the BROAD Institute. A copy of the genome is incorporated into MycoCosm, so it can be used in comparative studies. JGI eukaryotic tools were used to annotate the predicted genes...

Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary is among the world's most successful and omnivorous fungal plant pathogens, with a host range of greater than 400 plant species. Despite decades of dedicated effort, resistant germplasm is still lacking in economically important crops. As an exemplar of soilborne pathogens and necrotrophic pathogenesis, S. sclerotiorum is a model for development of asexual, persistant propagules, somatic compatibility, and sexual sporulation. It is also central to a group of Ascomycetes with poorly known evolutionary relationships.

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