Whole genome analysis of the koa wilt pathogen (Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. koae) and development of molecular tools for early detection and monitoring
Pathogenic and non-pathogenic Fusarium oxysporum are morphologically indistinguishable from each other. Pathogenic F. oxysporum f. sp. koae (Fo koae) is a limiting factor for low to mid elevation, below 610m (2000 ft), Acacia koa forests and timber stands. These warmer, lower elevation sites are best suited for optimal growth of Acacia koa, but Fo koae hinders efforts to establish stands at these elevations. Detection of pathogenic isolates is necessary for informing land managers and disease resistance breeding programs. Current methods to distinguish pathogenic isolates are conducted through ...
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