University of Guelph research that involves cloning elm trees that are resistant to Dutch elm disease is featured in a front-page story in today's National Post. A research team led by Praveen Saxena in Guelph’s Department of Plant Agriculture has found a way to successfully clone American elm trees that have survived repeated epidemics of their biggest killer. More than 95 per cent of the population in Eastern Canada and the United States has now been wiped out by Dutch elm disease.
It is the first known research to use in vitro culture technology to clone buds of mature American elm trees. The research also involves plant agriculture professor Al Sullivan; post-doctoral researchers Mukund Shukla and Maxwell Jones; Chunzhao Liu, professor, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing; and Susan Gosling of the Gosling Foundation, which funded the project.
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