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New gene-detecting technology brings new, resilient superwheat closer

Scientists at the John Innes Centre (JIC) and The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) have pioneered a new gene-detecting technology which, if deployed correctly could lead to the creation of a new elite variety of wheat with durable resistance to disease. Working with fellow scientists at TSL, Dr Brande Wulff from the JIC developed the new technology called 'MutRenSeq' which accurately pinpoints...
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New technique accelerates isolation of potato late blight resistance genes

A team of scientists from The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) and The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) have developed a new method to accelerate isolation of plant disease resistance genes. The team have also identified a brand new source of blight resistance genes in  Solanum americanum , a wild relative of the potato. Plant pathogens such as late blight can evolve rapidly to overcome...
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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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Ashes to ashes: New survey predicts Ash will be wiped out in Europe

The future for ash looks bleak, according to a new survey of its biology and ecology. The review by tree expert Dr Peter Thomas is the largest-ever survey of this much-loved tree and is published today in the Journal of Ecology. Ash ( Fraxinus excelsior ) is native throughout most of the British Isles. It is an important urban tree in our towns and cities, is the second most abundant...
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New vision and high level research strategy for UK Animal and Plant Health Research published

BBSRC has published, on behalf of a partnership of key UK research funders and policy makers, a vision and high level research strategy for UK Animal and Plant Health Research to 2020 and beyond. In December 2014, Defra and the Government Office for Science jointly published the report Animal and Plant Health in the UK: Building our science capability, which made the compelling case...
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New hope for fighting major fungal disease in durum wheat

A variety of wheat that is resistant to a destructive fungal disease has been found to have specialised and protective cell walls, according to research published in BMC Plant Biology. These insights could help to produce stronger, disease-resistant varieties of durum wheat for improved pasta production. Fusarium Head Blight (FHB) is a fungal disease that affects worldwide wheat...
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New report outlines how UK can improve animal and plant health science capability

On the 18th December 2014, a new report was published titled “Animal and plant health in the UK: building our science capability”. This can be accessed in full here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/animal-and-plant-health-in-the-uk-building-our-science-capability As the website above states, “ This report sets out the findings of a study to determine how the UK can...
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Top candidate genes identified for corn's “spotty” defense mechanism

When corn plants come under attack from a pathogen, they sometimes respond by killing their own cells near the site of the attack, committing “cell suicide” to thwart further damage from the attacker. This cell sacrifice can cause very small, often microscopic, spots or lesions on the plant. But up until now it’s been difficult to understand how the plant regulates this “spotty” defense...
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TGAC releases new genetic data to combat ash dieback epidemic

The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC) has released new genetic data that will help understand the spread of the ash dieback epidemic, across Europe and the UK. As part of the  NORNEX consortium , TGAC has sequenced 20 genomes of the fungus ( Hymenoscyphus fraxineus ) responsible for the spread of the ash dieback epidemic that threatens our third most common broadleaf tree (after oak and...
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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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