World Environment Day – How Queen Mary research is helping to protect planet

Queen Mary University of London

Professor Richard Buggs and his team from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, have discovered genetic variation that makes some ash trees resistant to the deadly fungal disease, ash dieback.

Using their findings, the team were able to design a genotyping array that helps tree breeders throughout Europe to propagate trees resistant to the disease. It’s hoped this work can help restore diseased woodlands and in turn, protect other species that depend on ash trees for their survival.

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