Botrytis cinerea genome project

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 were as follows:

Assemble sequence reads of the B. cinerea genome through whole genome shotgun sequencing.
Perform automated annotation of the sequence assembly.
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

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.

Data access and Citation

The genome assembly and annotation of Botrytis cinerea is available in Genbank.

Data files formerly available on this website can be accessed on our fungal ftp site, and the genome can also be accessed in Ensembl Fungi and the JGI MycoCosm site.

For use of this data, please cite: Amselem J et al., "Genomic analysis of the necrotrophic fungal pathogens Sclerotinia sclerotiorum and Botrytis cinerea.", PLoS Genet, 2011 Aug 18;7(8):e1002230