Grapevine Powdery Mildew is caused by the obligately biotrophic fungus Erysiphe (syn. Uncinula) necator. This plant disease leads to severe crop loss and subsequent economic burden for the wine and juice industry. While the life cycle of the fungus has been explained, the mechanisms underlying how the fungus surpasses the grape’s defenses are not fully understood. In order to identify suitable targets for gene silencing approaches, a better understanding of the Powdery Mildew transcriptome is necessary. De novo assembled contigs of E. necator G14 mRNA were compared to the published E. necator C-strain transcriptome to determine the areas of overlap between them. These were also aligned to the E. necator C-strain genome scaffold and annotated using both the NCBI non-redundant protein database as well as the Eggnog Orthologous group database. Evidence for novel transcription sites was found in the G14 transcriptome and these novel annotations were stored in a gff file for future use. The detection of previously unreported transcripts highlights the need for RNA sequencing approaches that can detect low copy number transcripts.
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Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences (COS)
Gary R. Skuse
Snyder, Christopher Wayne, "Comparative Transcriptomics of Grapevine Powdery Mildew" (2018). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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