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Ash dieback surviver's genome sequence could aid breeding of disease tolerant trees

The genome of an ash tree that has survived ash dieback disease has been sequenced by scientists from The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) and made publicly available via  OpenAshDieBack.

Tree 35, from the Danish island of Zealand, was identified as having high levels of resistance to the Chalara fraxinea fungus which causes ash dieback. It is hoped that this information will help identify other resistant trees and that analysis of its genome could form the basis of a breeding program.

 

Story source: John Innes Centre News, 14 Jun 2013

 

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