Transcriptome sequencing of infected wheat samples collected during the wheat blast epidemic in Bangladesh in 2017 and release of raw sequence data on OpenWheatBlast website with open access

Wheat fields in Bangladesh were again infected by wheat blast fungus (Magnaporthe oryzae) in 2017 growing season, following the epidemic of 2016. Infected wheat samples were collected by Tofazzal Islam and team, and sent to the Sainsbury Laboratory for RNA extraction and sequencing. Library preparation and RNA-Seq sequencing runs were performed on Illumina HiSeq-2500 machines at the Earlham Institute to produce paired-end reads with ~267 bp average insert size. Here we report the release of these data to general public with open access on OpenWheatBlast website.