NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – UK researchers will use £2.4 million ($3.6 million) in new funding to conduct genome sequencing and analysis to understand how a "devastating fungus" attacks ash trees and how some trees resist those attacks, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council said today.

Funding from the BBSRC will support efforts by a group called the Nornex Consortium that will aim to generate genome sequences of up to 30 samples of the ash dieback (Chalara fraxinea) fungus.

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