Utilizing genomics to study entomopathogenicity in the fungal phylum Entomophthoromycota: a review of current genetic resources

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The order Entomophthorales, which formerly contained c. 280 species, has recently been recognized as a separate phylum, Entomophthoromycota, consisting of three recognized classes and six families. Many genera in this group contain obligate insect-pathogenic species with narrow host ranges, capable of producing epizootics in natural insect populations. Available sequence information from the phylum Ento- mophthoromycota can be classified into three main categories: first, partial gene regions (exons þ introns) used for phylogenetic inference; second, protein coding gene regions obtained using degenerate primers, expressed sequence tag methodology or de novo transcriptome sequencing with molecular function inferred by homology analysis; and third, primarily forthcoming whole-genome sequencing data sets. Here we summarize the current genetic resources for Entomophthoromycota and identify research areas that are likely to be significantly advanced from the availability of new whole-genome resources.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenetics and molecular biology of entomopathogenic fungi
Number of pages25
Publication date2016
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-12-804694-4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesAdvances in Genetics

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