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Guelph plant biologist breathes new life into trees

Dr Praveen Saxena is a professor at the University of Guelph and Director of the Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation. When the university was approached by the foundation to explore ways of developing disease-resistant elm trees to replace the ones that were being destroyed by Dutch Elm Disease, Dr Saxena led the research that resulted in the successful cloning of a 100-year-old elm. The findings have far-reaching impact on horticulture, agriculture, forestry and the natural health products industry. With one in five plant species endangered due to land grab, pollution and global warming, the foundation’s mandate is to clone as many endangered trees as possible and to spread the word on the role of plants in our environment.

Dr Saxena came to Canada in 1984 as a post-doctoral fellow at the university of Saskatchewan. Today, he is included in Canada’s Who’s Who, and is invited to international fora to speak on plant conservation and subjects as diverse as plants and spirituality and consciousness. 

Posted: Mar 2, 2015

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