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A new breakthrough on ash dieback

UK scientists have identified the country’s first ash tree that shows tolerance to ash dieback, raising the possibility of using selective breeding to develop strains of trees that are tolerant to the disease. The findings, which could help ensure ash trees will thrive in UK woodlands, have been published in a report co-funded by Defra and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences...
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Ash dieback fungus may have mechanism to define territory and to combat viruses

The fungus which causes Chalara dieback of ash trees has the potential to defend itself against virus attacks, research by British scientists has shown. Plant pathologists Dr Joan Webber, from Forest Research, the research agency of the Forestry Commission, and Professor Clive Brasier found that the defence mechanisms which the  Chalara fraxinea (C. fraxinea)  fungus uses to...
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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...
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