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Genetics behind deadly oat blight – Science Daily

A multi-institution team has identified the genetic mechanisms that enable the production of a deadly toxin called Victorin – the causal agent for Victoria blight…

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A multi-institution team co-led by a Cornell University researcher has identified the genetic mechanisms that enable the production of a deadly toxin called Victorin — the causal agent for Victoria blight of oats, a disease that wiped out oat crops in the U.S. in the 1940s.Victoria blight is caused by the fungus Cochliobolus victoriae, which produces the Victorin toxin, but until now no one has uncovered the genes and mechanisms involved.
“The oat varieties favored by farmers in the 1940s were…

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