A pandemic clonal lineage of the wheat blast fungus

@article{Latorre2022APC,
  title={A pandemic clonal lineage of the wheat blast fungus},
  author={Sergio M. Latorre and Vincent M. Were and Andrew J. Foster and Thorsten Langner and Angus Malmgren and Adeline Harant and Soichiro Asuke and Sarai Reyes-Avila and Dipali Rani Gupta and Cassandra Jensen and Weibin Ma and Nur Uddin Mahmud and Md. Sh{\aa}bab Mehebub and Rabson M. Mulenga and Abu Naim Md. Muzahid and Sanjoy Kumar Paul and S. M. Fajle Rabby and Abdullah Al Mahbub Raha and Lauren S. Ryder and Ram Krishna Shrestha and Suwilanji Sichilima and Darren M. Soanes and Pawan Kumar Singh and Alison R. Bentley and Diane G. O. Saunders and Yukio Tosa and Daniel Croll and Kurt H Lamour and Tofazzal Islam and Batiseba Tembo and Joe Win and Nicholas J. Talbot and Hern{\'a}n A. Burbano and Sophien Kamoun},
  journal={bioRxiv},
  year={2022}
}
Wheat, the most important food crop, is threatened by a blast disease pandemic. Here, we show that a clonal lineage of the wheat blast fungus recently spread to Asia and Africa following two independent introductions from South America. Through a combination of genome analyses and laboratory experiments, we show that the decade-old blast pandemic lineage can be controlled by the Rmg8 disease resistance gene and is sensitive to strobilurin fungicides. However, we also highlight the potential of… 
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