Two new organisms have builds in UniGene: the important plant pathogen Pythium ultimum, and the mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae), a serious forest pest.
Pythium ultimum (build information, 6,663 clusters, FTP) is the cause of damping-off disease in seedlings and rot in stored root vegetables. Pythium ultimum is a member of the Oomycetes, a fungi-like group of organisms that also contains the Phytophthora causative agents of potato (late) blight.
The mountain pine beetle (build information, 6,783 clusters, FTP) is a bark beetle that is a destructive pest of pine forests in the western United States. Analysis of this beetle's transcriptome should provide important insights into pheromone biosynthesis and potentially specific control mechanisms for these pests.
Root rot caused by Pythium (left); the mountain pine beetle (right).
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