Profs' Elm Tree Research In the News

June 30, 2010 - In the News

Research by two University of Guelph professors who are developing new techniques for cloning and producing trees resistant to Dutch elm disease is featured today by

The online news article explores how plant agriculture professors Praveen Saxena and Alan Sullivan are aiming to bring back the American elm population through micropropagation, based on selecting tissue samples from surviving disease-resistant trees.

Dutch elm disease is the biggest killer of American elm trees. The popular trees, which at one time lined boulevards and decorated city centres, were almost wiped out in Ontario in the 1970s by a fungal infection that prevents nutrient transport in the tree. Read more

Their research was also featured recently in the Globe and Mail.

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