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Sequence to slash losses from worst wheat disease

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"Research carried out by Kalyx and the ACNFP in 2009 and 2010 suggested that wherever the disease is present, it causes yield losses of 0.3 to 0.6 tonnes per hectare, so $200 million may well be an underestimate," Professor Oliver said... Professor Oliver said the sequencing of the tan spot genome also followed the 2010 cloning and sequencing of the gene for tan spot necrosis 1 (Tsn1) - the protein produced by susceptible wheat cultivars, which helped tan spot and septoria (Stagonospora nodorum) infect the leaves... "Based on data in the 2009 GRDC report T he current and potential costs of diseases of wheat in Australia , I estimate that the sequencing of ToxA and Tsn1 will ultimately cut Australian crop losses caused by tan spot by about $100 million, while the PTR genome sequence should at least halve losses again," he said...
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