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Whole genome shotgun sequences of Magnaporthe oryzae wheat blast isolates from Zambia

Batiseba Tembo; Suwilanji Sichilima; Rabson M. Mulenga; Adeline Harant; Vincent Were; Thorsten Langner; Pawan K. Singh; Alison Bentley; Nicholas J. Talbot; Sophien Kamoun; Joe Win

We report whole genome shotgun sequences of 13 Magnaporthe oryzae (syn. Pyricularia oryzae) isolates collected in Zambia from 2018 to 2020 during outbreaks of wheat blast. The genome sequences add to the existing genomics resources for the study of the wheat blast fungus. The resource should prove critical in identifying the precise identity and potential origin of the Zambian population and in identifying variants of concern among this population. We provide the dataset as an open science resource as part of the OpenWheatBlast initiative. We welcome analyses and feedback from the community.

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