Crowdsourcing genomic analyses of ash and ash dieback - power to the people

Dan MacLean, Kentaro Yoshida, Anne Edwards, Lisa Crossman, Bernardo Clavijo, Matt Clark, David Swarbreck, Matthew Bashton, Patrick Chapman, Mark Gijzen, Mario Caccamo, Allan Downie, Sophien Kamoun, Diane G. O. Saunders

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Ash dieback is a devastating fungal disease of ash trees that has swept across Europe and recently reached the UK. This emergent pathogen has received little study in the past and its effect threatens to overwhelm the ash population. In response to this we have produced some initial genomics datasets and taken the unusual step of releasing them to the scientific community for analysis without first performing our own. In this manner we hope to 'crowdsource' analyses and bring the expertise of the community to bear on this problem as quickly as possible. Our data has been released through our website at and a public GitHub repository.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Issue number1
Early online date12 Feb 2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Altmetrics
  • Ash dieback
  • Crowdsource
  • Genomics
  • Open source

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