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500 scientists create top 10 list of plant-damaging fungi

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Almost 500 international experts have worked together to develop a ranking system of the ten most important phytopathogenic fungi on a scientific and economic level. The rice blast fungus (Magnaporthe oryzae) sits at the top of the list. Each researcher chose three that they thought to be most significant and the most voted then formed the list. Said list has been published in the journal Molecular Plant Pathology and each one of the species mentioned is analysed by an expert in the field. One of those experts is the Spaniard Antonio Di Pietro from the department of genetics in the University of Cordoba. He describes the fungus Fusarium oxysporum which sits in fifth place on the list.

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-10-scientists-plant-damaging-fungi.html#jCp
 
 

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