Magnaporthe Comparative Genomics Project

Project Information


The Magnaporthe comparative genomics database provides accesses to multiple fungal genomes from the Magnaporthaceae family to facilitate the comparative analysis. As part of the Broad Fungal Genome Initiative, the Magnaporthe comparative project includes the finished M. oryzae (formerly M. grisea) genome, as well as the draft assemblies of Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici and M. poae, all funded by joined efforts of NSF and USDA through NSF/USDA Microbial Genome Sequencing Program.

The Magnaporthe comparative project is a partnership between the International Rice Blast Genome Consortium, and the Broad Institute. The project is facilitated by an Advisory Board made up of members of the Rice Blast research community, including:

Ralph Dean (head) - NC State University.
Bruce Birren - Broad Institute
Daniel Ebbole - Texas A&M University
Mark Farman - University of Kentucky
Linda Kohn - Department of Biology University of Toronto
Li-Jun Ma - Broad Institute
Thomas K Mitchell - Ohio State University
Patricia A Okubara - Washington State University
Marc Orbach - University of Arizona
Ane Sesma - John Innes Centre
Barbara Valent - Kansas State University
Jin-Rong Xu - Purdue University

Questions about the project should be directed to Rice Blast Info, or to the Broad annotation tracking.

About the illustration

M. poae produces sexual structures (perithecia, asci and ascospores) that clearly place it with Magnaporthe. However, unlike other Magnaporthe species such as M. salvinii, M. grisea and M. oryzae, which have Pyricularia anamorphs (forms that produce asexual spores) bearing spores sympodially on conidiophores, the M. poae anamorph has Phialophora like spores borne on phialides, in much the same manner as Gaeumannomyces. As such, M. poae, along with M. rhizophila, seems to represent a phylogenetic bridge between the Magnaporthe: Pyricularia and Gaeumannomyces:Phialophora groups (Figure 1).

Data access and citation

The genome assemblies and annotation are available in Genbank for Magnaporthe oryzae, Magnaporthe poae, and Gaeumannomyces graminis var. tritici.

Genomic data can also be accessed on our fungal ftp site.

All genomes are available on the JGI MycoCosm site.

For use of this data, please cite:

Dean et al. The genome sequence of the rice blast fungus Magnaporthe grisea. Nature. 2005 Apr 21;434(7036):980-6.

Okagaki et al Genome Sequences of Three Phytopathogenic Species of the Magnaporthaceae Family of Fungi. G3 (Bethesda). 2015 Sep 28;5(12):2539-45. doi: 10.1534/g3.115.020057.