Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Computer Game to Help Fight Ash Dieback

The public are being asked to help in the fight against ash dieback by playing a computer game that analyses genetic data on the disease.The Facebook game aims to use the power of social media to find a scientific solution to protecting ash trees from the Chalara fraxinea fungus.

Many of the UK's 80m ash trees are threatened by ash dieback.Scientists believe some trees may have natural immunity to Chalara and could be used to grow resistant forests.They hope to identify potential woodland survivors by studying the genetics of British ash trees.They are also looking at the genetics of the fungus to find out more about how it spreads.

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