British Ash Tree Genome Gives Insight into Fungal Disease Resistance | GenomeWeb

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – An analysis of the genome of a British ash tree indicates that ash trees in the UK might be less susceptible to ash dieback disease than their European counterparts.

Ash dieback is an aggressive fungal disease caused by Hymenoscyphus fraxineus that leads to leaf loss, lesions, and, often, tree death. The disease was first spotted among ash trees in Poland and has spread across Europe, killing many trees. It reached the UK in 2012.

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