Genome Sequenced for Pesky Pumpkin Pathogen
Despite the disease’s severity, scientists don’t know much about the genetics of the pathogen that causes it; nearly all the molecular information required for accurate diagnostic testing and targeted treatments is lacking for the disease.
In a new study, University of Illinois scientists, with the help of two undergraduate students, have assembled the first complete genome for the bacteria that causes the disease, Xanthomonas cucurbitae, and identified genes that are activated during infection. This research was supported with USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Hatch funds. For more information, read the University of Illinois ACES News article.