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PhD studentship: Genomics of oak trees and their microbiota

I have just advertised a new PhD studentship opportunity on FindAPhD.com. I am really excited about this project, and we have a huge amount on data already in hand for the new student to analyse. Here is the project description:

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Ash tree genomics in response to ash dieback

This blog was written for the Nature Ecology and Evolution Community where it is posted here.

The ash tree genome project published in Nature today began, for me, with a lunchtime conversation with Andrew Leitch in the SCR bar at Queen Mary University of London in early November 2012. Ash dieback had been found in natural woodland in England for in late October. Such was the seriousness of the likely environmental impact of the disease that the Prime Minister had convened the emergency COBRA committee to discuss the government’s response.

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Telegraph article: British woodlands need diversity from around the world

This article was written for The Daily Telegraph and is published online here.

Foreign tree species are needed to help preserve Britain’s woodlands from disease, argues Dr Richard Buggs.

Trees in Britain do not have enough genetic diversity to cope with a global influx of pathogens.

As global trade introduces new pests and diseases, we face ecological and economic disaster as one after another tree species succumb to imported diseases.