Reference Genome Resource for the Citrus Pathogen Phytophthora citrophthora

J Genomics. 2024 Jan 1:12:14-18. doi: 10.7150/jgen.89324. eCollection 2024.


Phytophthora citrophthora is an oomycete pathogen that infects citrus. Its occurrence in citrus-growing regions worldwide is considered a major contributor to crop losses. This study presents a high-quality genome resource for P. citrophthora, which was generated using PacBio HiFi long-read high-throughput sequencing technology. We successfully assembled a 48.5 Mb genome containing 16,409 protein-coding genes from high-quality reads. This marks the first complete genome assembly of P. citrophthora, providing a valuable resource to enhance the understanding of pathogenic behaviour and fungicide sensitivity of this destructive citrus pathogen.

Keywords: De novo genome assembly; PacBio sequencing; Phytophthora citrophthora; bioinformatics; oomycete.