Draft Genome Sequence for the Tree Pathogen Phytophthora plurivora

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Species from the genus Phytophthora are well represented among organisms causing serious diseases on trees. Phytophthora plurivora has been implicated in long-term decline of woodland trees across Europe. Here we present a draft genome sequence of P. plurivora, originally isolated from diseased European beech (Fagus sylvatica) in Malmö, Sweden. When compared with other sequenced Phytophthora species, the P. plurivora genome assembly is relatively compact, spanning 41 Mb. This is organized in 1,919 contigs and 1,898 scaffolds, encompassing 11,741 predicted genes, and has a repeat content of approximately 15%. Comparison of allele frequencies revealed evidence for tetraploidy in the sequenced isolate. As in other sequenced Phytophthora species, P. plurivora possesses genes for pathogenicity-associated RXLR and Crinkle and Necrosis effectors, predominantly located in gene-sparse genomic regions. Comparison of the P. plurivora RXLR effectors with orthologs in other sequenced species in the same clade (Phytophthora multivora and Phytophthora capsici) revealed that the orthologs were likely to be under neutral or purifying selection.


  • Ramesh R. Vetukuri
  • Sucheta Tripathy
  • Mathu Malar C
  • Arijit Panda
  • Sandeep K. Kushwaha
  • Aakash Chawade
  • Erik Andreasson
  • Laura J. Grenville-Briggs
  • Stephen C. Whisson
External organisations
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Scottish Crop Research Institute
  • Indian Institute of Chemical Biology
  • Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR)
Research areas and keywords

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  • Genetics
  • Botany
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2432-2442
Number of pages11
JournalGenome Biology and Evolution
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch