THAPBI Phytophthora ITS1 Classifier Tool (PICT)ΒΆ

THAPBI PICT is a sequence based diagnostic/profiling tool from the UK funded Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI) Phyto-Threats project, focused on identifying Phytophthora species present in Illumina sequenced environmental samples.

Phytophthora (from Greek meaning plant-destroyer) species are economically important plant pathogens, important in both agriculture and forestry. ITS1 is short for Internal Transcribed Spacer one, which is a region of eukaryotes genomes between the 18S and 5.8S rRNA genes. This is commonly used for molecular barcoding, where sequencing this short region can identify species.

With appropriate primer settings and a custom database, THAPBI PICT can be applied to other organisms and/or barcode marker sequences - not just Phytophthora ITS1.

The worked examples include oomycetes, fungi, microalgae, and bats, and cover markers in ITS1, ITS2, 18S rRNA and COI and more. The main criteria has been mock communities with known species composition.

The THAPBI Phyto-Threats project is supported by a grant funded jointly by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (DEFRA), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Forestry Commission, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Scottish Government, under the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative (THAPBI).

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This documentation was generated for THAPBI PICT version 0.7.0.