About the Botrytis cinerea genome
Botrytis cinerea is the causal agent of the grey mold disease. Similarly to Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, this Ascomycete can infect a wide range of plants in any stage of growth and is widespread in all continents. The most notable host is the wine grape where it not only causes detrimental bunch rot but, under favourable conditions, is able to cause a benevolent form of berry colonization called “noble rot”. Grapes infected with noble rot have been used for centuries in the production of sweet dessert wines. Botrytis cinerea can lead to important economic losses in many dozens of crops and harvested commodities, including vegetables (lettuce, tomato), fruit (berries, kiwifruit) and ornamentals (rose).
The present genome sequence has been generated as a follow up to an earlier draft genome generated by the Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard1 and to an improved draft version2. The present genome was sequenced by a combination of Illumina and PacBio technology (at >50 x and ~40 x coverage, respectively), and assembled to 18 gapless contigs, representing separate chromosomes, of which two are very small (208 and 247 kb, respectively). Ten of the 18 chromosomes contain telomeric repeats at both ends. The assembly is fully supported by an optical map and a genetic linkage map. The total length of the assembly is 42.65 Mb; sequences lacking in the assembly are 0.27 Mb of telomeric repeats and 0.58 Mb of rDNA repeats.
There is an important update in the gene models for this genome. They were manual curated using the WebApollo browser tool. It resulted from the collaboration of more than 40 scientists spread across the world.
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Taxonomy ID 332648
This species currently has no variation database. However you can process your own variants using the Variant Effect Predictor: