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GRIPP-Gosling Foundation Supports Elm Research at Guelph

Gosling Foundation Supports Elm Research at Guelph

The American elm was once among the most beloved and recognizable of trees, a stately giant whose towering height and cathedral-like canopy of leaves made it a favourite to line city streets across North America.

But the elms, which once numbered in the tens of millions, have become an arboreal rarity, all but wiped out in the United States and Eastern Canada in the 1960s and ’70s, the victim of an inadvertently imported fungus to which they had little resistance.

Now, scientific help is on the way, thanks to efforts by biologists at the University of Guelph to create trees resistant to the fungus, known as Dutch elm disease…

Globe and Mail – Second chance for the American elm