J Genomics 2016; 4:1-3. doi:10.7150/jgen.13585

Short Research Communication

Draft Genome Sequence of Colletotrichum falcatum - A Prelude on Screening of Red Rot Pathogen in Sugarcane

Rasappa Viswanathan, Chandrasekaran Naveen Prasanth, Palaniyandi Malathi, Amalraj Ramesh Sundar

Plant Pathology Section, ICAR-Sugarcane Breeding Institute, Coimbatore 641007, India.

Abstract

Colletotrichum falcatum, a concealed fungal ascomycete causes red rot, which is a serious disease in sugarcane. It infects economically important stalk tissues, considered as store house of sugar in sugarcane. The study is to find genetic complexities of C. falcatum in establishing this as a stalk infecting pathogen and to decipher the unique lifestyle of this pathogen using NGS technology. We report the draft genome of C. falcatum of about 48.16 Mb in size with 12,270 genes. The genome sequences were compared with other fungal species which revealed that C. falcatum is closely related to C. graminicola and C.sublineola the causal organisms of anthracnose in maize and sorghum. These results brought a new revelation to explore the lifestyle of this unique pathogen which is specialized to infect sugarcane stalk tissues in detail.

Keywords: Genetic complexities, Phylogenomic analysis, NGS Technology.

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Viswanathan R, Prasanth CN, Malathi P, Sundar AR. Draft Genome Sequence of Colletotrichum falcatum - A Prelude on Screening of Red Rot Pathogen in Sugarcane. J Genomics 2016; 4:1-3. doi:10.7150/jgen.13585. Available from http://www.jgenomics.com/v04p0001.htm