Botrytis cinerea Database

Data site retirement

On 7/31/15 the Broad's Institute Botrytis cinerea database and web site will be retired due to expiration of funding. For many years we have been pleased to work closely with the Botrytis research community to create and support this resource. An updated version of the Botrytis genome is available at Ensembl. Please make plans to transition your analysis to Ensembl or other resources prior to 7/31/15.

Project Information

The Botrytis cinerea (B05.10) genome sequence project was initiated by Syngenta AG. Whole Genome Shotgun (WGS) sequence reads from four plasmid libraries (2, 3, 10, and 14 kb) were provided by Syngenta to the Broad for assembly and submission of all data to GenBank.

Our specific aims are as follows:

  1. Assemble sequence reads of the B. cinerea genome through whole genome shotgun sequencing.
  2. Perform automated annotation of the sequence assembly.
  3. Distribute the sequence assembly and results of our annotation and analysis through a freely accessible, public web server at the Broad and by deposition of the sequence assembly in GenBank.

Data Releases

  • 5/2005- Release of shotgun sequencing reads provided by Syngenta
  • 8/2005- Release of whole-genome shotgun assembly generated by the Broad from the Syngenta reads
  • 10/2005- Release of automated annotations generated by the Broad
  • 6/2012- Release of updated assemblies and annotations generated by Martijn Staats and Jan van Kan

Questions about the project should be directed to

What is Botrytis cinerea?

Botrytis cinerea is a widespread phytopathogenic fungus which causes Gray-mold rot or Botrytis blight and affects most vegetable and fruit crops, as well as a large number of shrubs, trees, flowers, and weeds. It also has a beneficial role in the production of rare dessert wines, thus another name for Botrytis is "Noble Rot." This ascomycete's complex developmental lifecycle adds to the complexity in the classification and naming of this fungus.