The American Chestnut tree used to comprise approximately one quarter of the forest canopy in the eastern United States. Then in the early 1900's, chestnut blight decimated the nearly four billion American Chestnut trees. The wildlife value and economic value of these trees was unparalleled. Today, scientists and supporters are working to restore the American Chestnut tree to its former glory. Join us for a panel discussion with expert scientists who will discuss the history of the American Chestnut as well as current research to restore the trees.
Sandra Anagnostakis - History of Chestnut blight
Allison Oaks - Development of transgenic blight resistant Chestnut trees
Followed by a question and answer session
This program is cohosted by:
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens
Connecticut College Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum
The Arboretum at Penn State
This program is being presented as part of the American Public Gardens Association Go Public Gardens days.