As part of our program to identify the diversity of resistance genes present in three important plant families, we have released the DNA sequences of a collection of disease resistance genes from 66 traditional and modern varieties of rice, obtained by the laboratory of Jonathan Jones (TSL) in collaboration with Jean-Benoit Morel and Thomas Kroj (INRA), as well as gene sequences for tomato and a dozen of its wild and cultivated relatives, obtained by the laboratory of Brian Staskawicz at the University of California, Berkeley.
This data adds to the collections of sequences released from 69 accessions of Arabidopsis thaliana, Nicotiana and Solanum species released last year.
The open access datasets are now available for interrogation by the wider plant science community, and it is our hope that the data will shed light on important questions about the evolution of disease resistance in plants in response to ever-changing disease pressures, as well as helping researchers that are trying to understand the genetics of resistance to a particular disease.
Data can be accessed at www.2blades.org/resources.
This research is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through Grant GBMF4725 to Two Blades Foundation.