"You need to know your enemy before you can start to come up with solutions and this work will enable us to do that," said Dr Joan Webber from the Forestry Commission's Forest Research agency, which is a research partner in the project.
In the longer term, the scientists hope to be able to discover how the fungus causes disease, where it originated from, how it spread to the UK and how different strains are related.
The GitHub system allows contributions from other scientists to be attributed and tracked. Scientists would normally withhold sequence data until they have carried out an analysis and had a paper accepted for publication in a scientific journal.
"Crowdsourcing will give us access to the expertise of many more people," said Professor Kamoun.
"It will speed up analysis and, through live peer review, it will speed up how that analysis is checked and then corroborated or rejected."
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