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The American Chestnut: When Will It Flourish Again? - Free Seminar

Saturday, March 30, 2019

The American chestnut could be the first tree ever restored to its native forest after suffering from a devastating airborne blight in the early 1900s that killed billions of trees.

Join us for a thought-provoking gathering as experts share perspectives on the history of American chestnut (Castanea dentata), its significance as a forest species, and subsequent decimation by an invasive blight pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica. Ongoing research in blight tolerance and the addition of blight-tolerant genes are the prognosis for this tree's future.

Special speakers include:

~ Dr. David Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest

~ Ms. Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration at The American Chestnut Foundation

~ Dr. William Powell, Professor and Director of Council on Biotechnology and Forestry at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

~ Dr. Jared Westbrook, Director of Science at The American Chestnut Foundation

A panel discussion will follow the lectures:

Introduction by Ms. Lisa Thomson, President and CEO of The American Chestnut Foundation.

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Free, but registration requested.

Generously sponsored by New England chapter members of The American Chestnut Foundation.

Location:
Weld Hill Research Building
Arnold Arboretum
1300 Centre Street
Roslindale, MA 02131

Sponsor(s): Arnold Arboretum and American Chestnut Foundation
Time(s): 9:00am-12:30pm
Cost: Free, but registration requested.
Phone: 617-384-5277
Email: adulted@arnarb.harvard.edu
Website: https://my.arboretum.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?DayPlanner=1851&DayPlannerDate=3/30/2019

Published on Friday, February 22, 2019.
All information is subject to change.

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