Citizen science to help fight Ash Dieback woes
The Future Trees Trust is one of the partners in a new initiative, the Living Ash Project, which is asking members of the public to report information about the health of ash trees.
They are especially interested in trees that may have some tolerance to the disease - Chalara ash dieback - that is threatening our second-most common broadleaved tree.
Evidence from Denmark, where Chalara ash dieback is more prevalent, indicates that approximately 1pc of trees show good tolerance to the disease.
While tolerant trees may regenerate naturally in some woodlands, identifying these trees is an urgent priority to ensure a genetically diverse and resilient population for future woodland planting.
Identifying tolerant trees and including their progeny in breeding programmes run by the Living Ash Project will enable the large-scale production of resilient trees.
The project is deploying citizen science – asking members of the public to help in gathering information – to aid in the identification of tolerant trees.
Working with the University of East Anglia's Adapt Group, a new function has been added to the AshTag app.