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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.


Free, but registration requested.

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

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

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

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