Population Genomic- and Phylogenomic-Enabled Advances to Increase Insight Into Pathogen Biology and Epidemiology.


Population genetics has been a key discipline in phytopathology for many years. The recent rise in cost-effective, high-throughput DNA sequencing technologies, allows sequencing of dozens, if not hundreds of specimens, turning population genetics into population genomics and opening up new, exciting opportunities as described in this Focus Issue. Without the limitations of genetic markers and the availability of whole or near whole-genome data, population genomics can give new insights into the biology, evolution and adaptation, and dissemination patterns of plant-associated microbes.

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