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Ash trees have 'fighting chance' against deadly disease

Ash dieback disease has been killing UK trees since 2012. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Scientists in Norwich have found UK ash trees could have a fighting chance against a disease that threatened to wipe out 90% of the population.

Ash dieback was first discovered in 2012 and has rapidly spread.

But research by the Earlham Institute and John Innes Centre has identified genetic markers of tolerance which could help breed new varieties which can survive the infection.