Phyllosticta citricarpa CBS 127454 v1.0
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Conidiomata sporulating on Pine Needles Agar.
Conidiomata sporulating on Pine Needles Agar.
Image Credit: Pedro Crous.

This genome was sequenced as part of the JGI CSP "1000 Fungal Genomes - Deep Sequencing of Ecologically-relevant Dikarya (CSP 1974) and more specifically as a part of the Dothideomycetes Sequencing Project, which seeks to densely sample members of a diverse lineage of saprotrophic, endophytic and pathogenic fungi to examine functional diversity of fungi with a shared evolutionary history.

Phyllosticta is an Ascomycete fungus in the Dothideomycetes clade. Phyllosticta spp. have globally been recorded as endophytes, plant pathogens and saprobes from a wide range of plant hosts. Phyllosticta citricarpa is a plant pathogen causing important diseases called citrus black spot in several areas of the globe and is subjected to phytosanitary legislation in the European Union and the U.S.A. This species affects fruits and leaves of several citrus hosts causing various symptoms. Phyllosticta citricarpa is frequently confused with P. capitalensis, which is a non-pathogenic endophyte, commonly isolated from citrus leaves and fruits. Considering its economic importance, the whole genome sequences are needed to improve our understanding of the underlying differences in pathogenicity and their evolutionary separation. These data will also allow for the development of robust DNA barcodes for quick detection and will facilitate further research on this important Citrus pathogenic and non-pathogenic species.

Researchers who wish to publish analyses using data from unpublished CSP genomes are respectfully required to contact the PI and JGI to avoid potential conflicts on data use and coordinate other publications with the CSP master paper(s).