Genomic Insights into the Origin of Parasitism in the Emerging Plant Pathogen Bursaphelenchus xylophilus

  title={Genomic Insights into the Origin of Parasitism in the Emerging Plant Pathogen Bursaphelenchus xylophilus},
  author={Taisei Kikuchi and James A Cotton and Jonathan J. Dalzell and Koichi Hasegawa and Natsumi Kanzaki and Paul McVeigh and Takuma Takanashi and Isheng J Tsai and Samuel A. Assefa and Peter J. A. Cock and Thomas Dan Otto and Martin Hunt and Adam James Reid and Alejandro S{\'a}nchez-Flores and Kazuko Tsuchihara and Toshiro Yokoi and Mattias C. Larsson and Johji Miwa and Aaron G Maule and Norio Sahashi and John T Jones and Matthew Berriman},
  booktitle={PLoS pathogens},
Bursaphelenchus xylophilus is the nematode responsible for a devastating epidemic of pine wilt disease in Asia and Europe, and represents a recent, independent origin of plant parasitism in nematodes, ecologically and taxonomically distinct from other nematodes for which genomic data is available. As well as being an important pathogen, the B. xylophilus genome thus provides a unique opportunity to study the evolution and mechanism of plant parasitism. Here, we present a high-quality draft… CONTINUE READING
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