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Savior gene: the scientists have found a way to save ash from a deadly beetle

The scientists have found a way to save ash from a deadly beetle

A pest that is deadly to ash can be isolated in the near future. The scientists have ascertained the fact that a dangerous pest is rapidly spreading around the planet and it is able to destroy billions of trees around the world. But now that problem is close to its resolution. Scientists from the University of London managed to identify a gene that can save forest resources. Researchers have discovered a resistance gene that can protect ash from emerald gold dump.

It is considered one of the most dangerous pests on the planet. By sequencing the genomes of 22 species of ash growing around the world, the scientists have collected the necessary information about how tree species are related.


That work helped to establish the presence of pest resistance genes, and there were 53 of them. Some of these genes are involved in the creation of chemicals that can be harmful to pests. The research results suggest that editing these genes will positively affect the condition of trees - they will be protected from the pest beetle.

That dangerous insect in the last ten years has destroyed over 120 million ash trees in North America. And although trees can be protected with pesticides, scientists decided to develop a safer and more humane method that would not affect the environment.

An Ash is a tree that is considered as a key component of the temperate forest ecological system. The damage that a dangerous bug inflicts on forest resources is practically irreparable.


The beetle mutates, crossing with other species, and is highly active in different countries of Europe. Richard Buggs, a professor of evolutionary genomics, believes that genomic intervention techniques should be highly effective in saving the forest from a dangerous pest.