NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Eurofins MWG Operon and Queen Mary, University of London have inked an agreement to cooperate in studying the genome of the ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior), with the goal of learning more about resistance to a widespread fungal tree disease.

Under the agreement, Eurofins will sequence ash samples in an effort to understand how some ash trees are able to resist ash dieback (Hymenoscyphus pseudoalbidus), which is spread across northern Europe and has been found in over 300 locations in the UK.

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