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Gilford Castle, Gilford Village, Co Armagh
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Placemaking for a Healthier Belfast

Monday 2nd December
Assembly Buildings, 2–10 Fisherwick Place, Belfast
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The UKERC project OverCoME (Overcoming Conflict in Marine Energy)

Monday 2nd December
Waterfront ICC Belfast

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Tuesday 3rd December
Tollymore National Outdoor Centre, Newcastle
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The Role of Energy Storage in a Sustainable Future

Tuesday 3rd December
CREST – Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technology – SWC, Lough Yoan Road, Enniskillen BT74 4EJ

Building cyber resilience for small organisations

Wednesday 4th December
NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

NIEL AGM 2019

Thursday 5th December
RSPB’s Window on Wildlife, 100 Airport Road, Belfast
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How wild is wild? Rewilding the island of Ireland

Monday 9th December
W5, 2 Queens Quay, Belfast BT3 9QQ
£5.98 – £9.21

BES Science Slam 2019

Tuesday 10th December
The Black Box, 18–22 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA
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CFC Carbon Quiz – BES Annual Meeting Social Event

Wednesday 11th December
ICC Belfast, 2 Lanyon Place, Belfast BT1 3WH

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Making Environmentally Friendly Christmas Decorations

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South Belfast
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Genes offer hope to ash trees 22 November 2019

Ash dieback: Genetic resistance offers new hope over ‘unstoppable’ disease expected to kill 70 per cent of species (via The Independent)

 

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By Harry Cockburn

A devastating fungal disease, the cause of ash dieback, is on course to decimate Europe’s ash trees, with 70 million in the UK currently expected to perish over the coming years, costing the economy an estimated £15bn.

But in some pockets of woodland, resistance to the sickness has been detected, offering a glimmer of hope that ash trees will not be permanently erased from the landscape.

Scientists sequenced whole genomic DNA from 1,250 ash trees in 31 different areas in order to identify the inherited genes associated with ash dieback resistance.

The study, published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, shows resistance is controlled by several genes, offering hope survivors could be used to restore diseased woodlands, either by natural regeneration or selective breeding.

Professor Richard Nichols, author of the study from Queen Mary University of London, said: “We found that the genetics behind ash dieback resistance resembled other characteristics like human height, where the trait is controlled by many different genes working together, rather than one specific gene.

Read more via The Independent