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Charcoal rot genome sequence completed

Researchers from the Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI - Dhaka) have completed sequencing the genome of the fungal pathogen, Macrophomina phaseolina, the causative agent of seedling blight and charcoal rot in a wide range of crops. In Bangladesh, some 30% of the jute crop, worth $500 million, is lost each year because of damage caused by the pathogen.



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