Focus on Hymenoscyphus fraxineus
This multi-partner EU project POnTE is exploring the genetics, biology, epidemiology, vector ecology and economic impacts of four pathosystems that threatens strategic crops and forestry in the EU including the highly invasive ash dieback pathogen Hymeonscyphus fraxineus.
The aim is to gain a greater understanding about the impact and possible mitigation of the ash dieback pathogen H. fraxineus as it impacts on ash populations across Europe.
Specific objectives include:
- Survey and monitoring of Hymenoscyphus fraxineus in the UK
- Compare isolates by morphological, physiological and molecular analysis.
- Analyse population differences in Hymenoscyphus fraxineus using sequence analysis (GBS) and MultiLocus Variable number of tandem analysis (MLVA). This will complement ongoing research on the ecological genetics of H. fraxineus
- Provide pure cultures and infected tissues of Hymenoscyphus fraxineus for the validation of new protocols.
- Develop a reliable method for the detection of viable Hymenoscyphus fraxineus in seeds.
- Assess the potential of hot water treatment as a method of eradicating H. fraxineus from ash seeds.
- Contribute to the mass screening trial to identify inherent resistance in UK ash trees to H. fraxineus.
Results so far
The project is in its early stages and no results are yet available.
POnTE started the 1st of November 2015 and will run for 48 months.
Funders and partners
The research is in line with support to government policies of sustainable forest management as laid out in The UK Forestry Standard and its supporting series of Guidelines.