Dutch elm disease has been whittling North American elm populations down to nil for decades now; more than 95% of the population in the U.S. and Canada has disappeared. But there’s hope yet.
Scientists with Ontario’s University of Guelph may be able to revive the population. With disease-resistant clones, no less.
“This research has the potential to bring back the beloved American elm population to North America,” says plant scientist Praveen Saxena. “It may also serve as a model to help propagate and preserve thousands of other endangered plant species at risk of extinction across the globe.”
Majestic elms once again lining our boulevards? Yes, I think so. —MN
photo: cherry trees in riverside park by ana traina (2011)
Spring by Edna St. Vincent Millay
To what purpose, April, do you return again?
Beauty is not enough.
You can no longer quiet me with the redness
Of little leaves opening stickily.
I know what I know.
The sun is hot on my neck as I observe
The spikes of the crocus
The smell of the earth is good.
It is apparent that there is no death.
But what does that signify?
Not only under ground are the brains of men
Eaten by maggots.
Life in itself
An empty cup, a flight of uncarpeted stairs.
It is not enough that yearly, down this hill,
Comes like an idiot, babbling and strewing flowers.