Living Ash Project Phase 2 Funding Announced

  • Posted on: 27 Mar 2020
  • In category: Pests and diseases

The Living Ash Project has been re-awarded funding.  The new five year programme is the second phase of the project which is aiming to secure trees tolerant to the fungal disease ash dieback for future seed production. The work has again been funded by and is partnership between Future Trees Trust, Forest Research, Fera Science () and .

Jo Clark, Chris Reynolds and Nicola Spence at the Ash Archive

Earlier this year, project partners completed Phase 1 of the project by planting one of the last trees at an archive site of three thousand trees in Hampshire. The selected trees have displayed some tolerance to ash dieback and have been planted as part of a to tackle the disease.

Future Trees Trust will monitor the archive intended to provide the basis for a breeding programme of tolerant ash over time and will enable the development of orchards producing commercially available seed.

are undertaking LC-MS (liquid chromatography mass spectroscopy) work – a type of chemical fingerprinting to ascertain tolerance in the selected trees and Forest Research will undertake a series of controlled inoculations to also ascertain tolerance.

will be researching methods of vegetative propagation to avoid the use of non-tolerant rootstocks when grafting tolerant trees.

will also maintain and monitor existing research trials for further tolerant trees.