Location: Cereal Disease Laboratory
Project Number: 3640-21220-021-09
Start Date: Jul 15, 2010
End Date: Apr 30, 2014
Objectives 1 and 2 involve the improvement of the existing P. graminis reference genome, through the genetic linkage of existing supercontigs and the generation of novel RNA-seq data to support gene annotation. Objective 3 is to prototype a novel genetic approach to distinguish the two haplotypes of 7a, which if successful, will also lead to an improvement in the quality of the 7a reference. Objective 4 is to generate a de novo assembled reference sequence for the Ug99 strain and to annotate this genome (the improved annotation of the reference strain will assist in this process). Objective 5 is to use both these strains as reference sequence to integrate other high throughput data sets (specifically, with variation data from other strains of Pgt) and to disseminate this data to the scientific community in the context of other fungal genomic data, through Ensembl (a genome informatics portal maintained by the European Bioinformatics Institute) and the Broad Institute rust fungal genomes website.