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The New American Chestnut - Arnold Arboretum - Lecture

Monday, April 17, 2017

William A. Powell, MD, PhD, Director, Council on Biotechnology in Forestry, SUNY, Environmental Science and Forestry and Co-Director, New York State American Chestnut Research and Restoration Program

Much work has gone into attempting to bring back the American chestnut (Castanea dentata), decimated by the exotic chestnut blight fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica) beginning in the late 1800s. Breeding by crossing and back-crossing with Japanese and Chinese species has produced positive results, but genetic engineering is proving more viable.

William A. Powell, involved in transgenic research that has produced a tree that is 99.999% American chestnut, will speak about this work and the possibilities for reviving a species once ubiquitous in eastern North American forests.

Hunnewell Building
Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Sponsor(s): Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Time(s): 7:00-8:30pm
Cost: $10; Free for Arnold Arb. member and students
Phone: 617-384-5277

Published on Monday, October 17, 2016.
All information is subject to change.

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