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ISU working to save the ash tree for future generations

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Iowa State University scientists are working to ensure the future of ash trees in Iowa.

Emerald ash borer, or EAB, is a tree-eating beetle threatening thousands of ash trees in the state, but ash trees may still be seen in Iowa in the years to come.

ISU researchers are saving ash tree seeds in hopes of planting them once the pests die out.

“One of the things we've done as a state is... we took the best seeds we could find,” Tivon Feeley with ISU explains. “Trees that were in great shape, and we did this all around the state, and we put them in seed banks.”

Researchers keep the Iowa-collected ash seeds in a large freezer because the cold keeps the seeds from sprouting.

 

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