Hemileia vastatrix Genome Analysis
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The coffee rust, Hemileia vastatrix, is the most damaging pathogen of coffee and is now present in every coffee producing region in the world, except Hawaii. As part of Cenicafe Genome project we are studying the genome of this pathogen and we are collaborating with scientists from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá in the annotation of the genome and transcriptome sequence. The lab heads at Universidad de los Andes in this project are Dr. Harold Castro at Department of Computational Engineering and Dr. Silvia Restrepo at The Mycology and Plant Pathology Laboratory (LAMFU).
Coffee Genome Project
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The Coffee Genomics Initiative in Colombia is a unique enterprise that deals with the study of three genomes, the Coffea arabica genome, the genome of the biological control agent Beauveria bassiana and the genome of the coffee berry borer, Hypothenemus hampei. The project was launched in 2003 and to date we have a large collection of EST sequences from the three organisms, a C. arabica BAC library, more than 80.000 BAC-end sequences and we are currently developing functional analysis experiments gaining evidence of the function of predicted genes.