Centre for Forest Protection Blog

Take a look behind the scenes and find out what our researchers have been doing to learn more about protection our woodlands
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European Ash – how an improved reference genome can help our research

European Ash – how an improved reference genome can help our research

Dr Daniel Wood, a Centre for Forest Protection Postdoctoral Research Associate is working on our ash pangenome project. A few years ago, Kew Scientists and QMUL produced the first reference genome for the ash tree. Daniel has been working on improving this genome, and the team have recently released this new reference genome for use by scientists. Here, he explains what a reference genome is, how it is used and why we need to update it for our work on ash dieback.

Mohammad Explores the Kew Fungarium

Mohammad Explores the Kew Fungarium

Researcher Mohammad has been exploring the Kew Fungarium to find out more about the life-cycle of the fungus that causes Dutch elm disease.