Our research will focus on genome sequencing of forest pathogens in three targeted groups within the strategically important orders of tree rusts (Pucciniales), tree blights and cankers (Dothideomycetes), and the sudden oak death and related pathogens (Oomycetes).
The list of species to be sequenced was prioritized using the following criteria*:
1) Type of damage caused;
2) Economic importance to Canada (or elsewhere);
3) Presence on list of unwanted invasive pathogens;
4) Phylogenetic diversity within each group
*As utilized by the regulatory agencies European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization (EPPO), North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPO) and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).