Dutch elm disease has been whittling North American elm populations down to nil for decades now; more than 95% of the population in the U.S. and Canada has disappeared. But there’s hope yet.
Scientists with Ontario’s University of Guelph may be able to revive the population. With disease-resistant clones, no less.
“This research has the potential to bring back the beloved American elm population to North America,” says plant scientist Praveen Saxena. “It may also serve as a model to help propagate and preserve thousands of other endangered plant species at risk of extinction across the globe.”
Majestic elms once again lining our boulevards? Yes, I think so. —MN