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the seed, it would continue to protect the plant throughout the growing season and spread throughout the root system."

Finding unique genes involved in inducing plant resistance could also aid the greenhouse industry that encounters problems with seedling rot in different plant varieties.

"In the nursery industry where you transplant from smaller to larger containers, you can incorporate the fungus as a potting mix amendment that would protect against root-rotting fungi," Kenerley said.

Ebbole said their research will "provide resources for the entire scientific community," noting all of the analysis will be shared with other scientists to further other projects.

"Texas A&M researchers will have priority in annotating the sequence and publishing the findings," Ebbole said.

The project is one of 40 new genome projects announced Thursday by the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute.

"Through the Community Sequencing Program, we are leveraging the dramatic advances in genomic technology accrued since DOE launched the Human Genome Project nearly 20 years ago," said Dr. Raymond L. Orbach, director of the Department of Energy's Office Of Science. "Our ability to generate DNA sequences, particularly over the last three years, has approached Moore's Law of proportions ?in effect doubling every 18 months. These advances have led DOE JGI to emerge as one of the preeminent contributors to microbial and plant genomics."


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Source:Texas A&M University - Agricultural Communications


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