With 90% of the UK’s ash trees about to be wiped out, could GM be the answer?
A fungus that causes the disease chalara has wiped out 90% of the ash trees in Denmark is now present in England. It is predicted that 80 million ash trees could die within 20 years in England. Conventional breeding to find a solution to this problem would take several decades. Scientists at London and Oxford universities are exploring genetic engineering solutions that could lead to a solution in a much faster time frame.