The Pine Pitch Canker disease caused by the pathogenic fungus Fusarium circinatum is one of the most devastating diseases in pine forests, afforestation and nurseries around the world. Despite the importance of this phytopathogen, only a little is known about the genes that drive the infection traits and the virulence factors. In this work, five candidate genes (i.e. Fcfga1, Fcfgb1, Fcac, Fcrho1 and FcpacC) were in silico annotated using the whole genome of F. circinatum as reference. The similarity of these proposed genes at nucleotide and protein levels with genes previously described in other Fusarium species was > 90% of identity and > 90% query coverage in all cases. In addition, the gene ontology of each candidate gene was also investigated.
This study was supported by two research projects AGL2015-69370-R “Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies for the study of F. circinatum mycoviruses” (MINECO/FEDER, UE) and AGL2012-39912 “Biological control of Pine Pitch Canker disease by the use of F. circinatum mycoviruses” (Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad).
This article is based upon work from COST Action FP1406 PINESTRENGTH (Pine Pitch Canker—strategies for management of Gibberella circinata in greenhouses and forests), supported by COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology).