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Computer game to help in fight against ash dieback

A Facebook game developed by scientists in Norwich could help in the fight against the tree disease ash dieback.

The deadly fungus was first discovered in the wild in Britain in the Anglia region last year. It's now threatening the UK's 80 million ash trees.

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Online game to help in fight against ash tree disease

A new online game could help in the battle against ash dieback Credit: ITV Anglia

Scientists in Norwich working to tackle a disease which is threatening to wipe out millions of ash trees are enlisting the help of online gamers.

A Facebook game has been designed in which players match colour sequences but also provide crucial data which could find trees resistant to the disease.

Scientists from the Norwich Research Park worked with a game company to design Fraxinus. Players match sequences of coloured leaves which also represent strings of genetic information from ash trees with chalara ash dieback.

Scientists hope the game data may provide information which leads to disease-resistant trees. Credit: ITV Anglia

The tree disease was first identified in Britain last year and is spreading fast.

Scientists say data from the game may be able to help provide information to breed naturally-resistant ash trees.

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New fears over spread of Ash Dieback disease

Ash Dieback fungus found in the UK Credit: ITV News Anglia

There's more bad news for the country's ash tree population.

Scientists in this region have discovered the fungus responsible for Ash Dieback is now resident in the UK.

That means the disease will be capable of spreading faster and further than before.

It comes as The Forestry Commission warns an entire generation of trees could be lost.

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