Genetic modification and accelerated breeding among options for ash research

Eight options for finding ash dieback-resistant ash are to be discussed by experts.

Dr Richard Buggs (expert on tree breeding, Queen Mary University of London) and Dr Paul Jepson (specialist in conservation governance, University of Oxford) are  looking at eight potential solutions to ash dieback that range from:

  • doing nothing
  • accelerated breeding of resistant trees
  • crossing resilient specimens
  • genetic modification.

With £1m research funding from the BBSRC, researchers are exploring solutions that balance the needs of policy, public acceptability and scientific capabilities.

In early 2012, Horticulture Week was first to reveal that ash dieback had hit the UK.

HW will discuss the issues with dieback experts and policy makers at the Linnean Society this week.



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