The American Chestnut Tree: Its History, Devastation & Restoration

When

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 7:00pm

What

Talk

Where

Unitarian Church Annex, 208 E. Buffalo St., 2nd floor (entrance on Buffalo!)

Who

Allen Nichols - American Chestnut Foundation

Description

The NY chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation has been working with SUNY-ESF in Syracuse for over 27 years. They have finally developed a truly blight resistant American chestnut, by inserting one "1" gene from wheat‡, which gives a tree that is 99.997% pure American. ESF is also working on using the same gene to develop blight resistant Allegheny and Ozark Chinquapin, which are part of the chestnut family. Other diseased trees, e.g. American Elm and butternut are being researched as well. Come hear about the progress on overcoming the devastating diseases of these iconic forest trees. ‡FLNPS takes no position on GM vs other approaches.