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Fraxinus

Main Project Information
Goal Help identify what makes trees susceptible to a fungus.
Task Play a social media game on Facebook using real genetic data.
Where Online only
Description

Botanists in the UK have teamed up with game development company Team Cooper to design a social media game that uses real genetic data from the common ash tree, Fraxinus excelsior, and from the Hymenoscyphus fungus to find out what makes some trees less susceptible to it.

Fraxinus presents players with multiple rows of colored leaves, where each color represents one of four DNA nucleotides and each row represents the genetic information from a different ash tree sample. Players are challenged to compare chunks of genetic code between the various fungus samples, as a means to search for genes that could be important in the disease. Players will also match genetic patterns from the Hymenoscyphus fungus to learn more about how it spreads.

How to Join

Add the app to your Facebook page and start playing!

Website http://oadb.tsl.ac.uk/
Social Media
Required Gear

Computer, Facebook account

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online, At school, At home
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags england, fraxinus, trees, uk
Project Updated 04/13/2017