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Downy mildew genome sequenced – new ways to control the plant disease around the corner [Registered]

A team of international researchers including Professor Marco Thines, Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F), Frankfurt / Germany, has sequenced the genome of a pathogen that causes downy mildew on plants in order to analyze how it manages to infect a plant and continues to live of it. The results show that genes of the pathogen are reduced which leads to lower detection on plant-side. The genes also reveal that the parasitic pathogen is highly dependent on its host, because the pathogen misses important metabolic pathways. The new insight into the pathogen could lead to new strategies to control the…

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