Minnesota's Legacy

Finding Disease Resistant Elm Trees in Minnesota

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
U of MN
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2013
End Date
June 2016
Counties Affected
Statewide
Statewide
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2013, Chp. 52, Sec. 2, Subd. 03h
Appropriation Language

$200,000 the first year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota to evaluate and identify native Minnesota elms resistant to Dutch elm disease to assist with limiting the susceptibility of the state's elms to Dutch elm disease. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2016, by which time the project must be completed and final products delivered.

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$200,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$200,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
4.70
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Description of Funds
ENRTF
Project Overview

Elms were once a very widespread tree in Minnesota and amongst the most common and popular in urban landscapes due to their size, shading capability, and tolerance of pollution and other stresses. Over the past five decades, though, Dutch elm disease, an exotic and invasive pathogen, has killed millions of elms throughout the state. However, scientists at the University of Minnesota have observed that some elms have survived the disease and appear to have special characteristics that make them resistant to Dutch elm disease. This appropriation is being used to identify, propagate, and evaluate native Minnesota elms resistant to Dutch elm disease to assist with limiting the susceptibility of the state's remaining elms to Dutch elm disease and possibly lay the foundation for re-introductions of the tree in the future.

Project Manager
First Name
Robert
Last Name
Blanchette
Organization Name
U of MN
Street Address
1991 Upper Buford Cir, 495 Borlaug Hall
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55126
Phone
(612) 625-0202
Email
robertb@umn.edu