Ash trees are being attacked on all sides it seems. Scientists have been trying on the one hand to save the European ash tree from the devastating dieback fungus by making some of the trees resistant to fungus. However, a recent study of ash trees that are resistant to the fungus revealed that those same trees also have a much lower amount of the chemicals that protect them against insects. Scientists are now warning against making trees resistant to fungus, as doing that would simply put them at a greater risk of being infected by the equally, if not more, devastating Emerald Ash Borer Beetle. This tiny but destructive pest has already wiped out vast tracks of ash trees in the U.S. Scientists are now forced to go back to the drawing board to figure out how to save this tree before it goes extinct. It is clear that more research needs to be done in order to protect the ash trees from present future threats.
How do you think we might save the European ash tree from being wiped out? Should scientists worry more about the fungus or the insects?