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 Welcome to the website of the Blumeria Genome Sequencing Consortium. Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei is a powdery mildew fungus which infects barley, in temperate regions it can reduce crop yields by as much as 40%.

Other powdery mildew fungi that are closely related to Blumeria are responsible for infections of squashes, legumes, strawberries, grapes, roses, apples and oak trees. Taken together, powdery mildews cause greater losses in terms of crop yields than any other type of plant disease.

The use of disease resistant crop strains, in conjunction with fungicides, is currently able to control mildew disease but the powdery mildews are able to evolve such that they become insensitive to fungicides and are able to overcome crop resistance.


The Blumeria genome sequence has been published in Science:

Spanu et al (2010) Genome Expansion and Gene Loss in Powdery Mildew Fungi Reveal Tradeoffs in Extreme Parasitism.
Science, 10 December: 1540-1543.DOI:10.1126/science.1194573

Data Availability

Data resulting from this work has been deposited in the appropriate public databases. Available datasets and their accessions can be found here

This work was supported by BBSRC grant BBE0009831.

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