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Scientific Reports logoCharacterisation of pathogen specific regions and novel effector candidates in Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cepae

Andrew D. Armitage, Andrew Taylor, Maria K. Sobczyk, Laura Baxter, Bethany PJ Greenfield, Helen J Bates, Fiona Wilson, Alison C Jackson, Sascha Ott, Richard J Harrison & John Clarkson

A reference-quality assembly of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cepae (Foc), the causative agent of onion basal rot has been generated along with genomes of additional pathogenic and non-pathogenic isolates of onion. Phylogenetic analysis confirmed a single origin of the Foc pathogenic lineage. FTF1 and a subset of other transcription factors implicated in regulation of effector expression were found to be expressed in planta

Scientific Reports. September 2018

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