Scientists may have found a way to save ash trees

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    https://phys.org/news/2020-05-scientists-genes-ash-trees-deadly.html

    Looks like some gene manipulation could save ash guitars from becoming a thing of the past! I'm probably more excited about this than I ought to be, but I really have a soft spot for ash guitars, as well as ash for general woodworking stock. I've been following the ash borer situation since it came on and it sort of felt like everyone had given up on the situation, especially with the recent news of Fender moving away from ash entirely for production models. Not to mention, guitars and pretty grain aside, seeing a tree species die because of an invasive pest we likely introduced is a real tragedy on its own.
     
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    When it comes down to it, you can pray but it's gonna take science to save your ash...
     
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    From reading the article it sounds like some trees are just naturally more resistant to the EAB.
     
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    i can already hear the cries for non gmo ash guitars... the testimonials (I got a funny rash on my perineum after buying my gmo ash guitar)....
     
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    I'm for saving ash for the sake of saving the tree. For all else, Gold Bond.
     
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    That was actually one of my first thoughts, too. Lord knows there's gonna be tons of "GMO Ash doesn't sound as airy/crisp/open/full/focused/bright/snappy/balanced/insert buzzword as old Ash. Just another reason only vintage guitars can give you good tone" nonsense.
     
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    Smart ash!
     
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    Too late here but best wishes to them’s that’s still got ‘em !

    Soooooooo much standing dead ash in this state.

    But, it burns phenomenally the second it’s cut .
     
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    Not to give too much ground to the baseless buzzword crowd, but genetics does tend to be more complex than "this one gene (and no other) controls this one trait (and none else)!". Reality is more messy and smeary than that. So genetic manipulation of ash to make it more beetle-resistant could very well have unintended side-effects.

    Now whether that will have any effect on its use in instruments is a whole other question.
     
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    I can't really follow that with anything better. I'm just gonna go now...
     
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    If anyone here has seasonal allergies due to trees, this could make them worse. If your research the history of Dutch Elm disease in America you can see what happens when the male-to-female balance of tree stock goes out of whack. I would imagine that in order to get this ash experiment to work they will have to be male ash trees. Just another bit of info to throw into the equation.
     
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    Try raising the pickup height. Worked for me!
     
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