The return of the American chestnut tree (we hope)
Posted by David Brooks | Thursday, October 4, 2012
The journal Nature has a long piece about attempts to develop a fungus-resistant American chestnut tree, to restore a species that once made up a quarter of the Eastern forests. You can read it here. It's got a great line, that the massive chestnut was "known as the sequoia of the east."
I've written about this effort many times, since New Hampshire has a pretty active group that gather seeds from the occasional remaining American chestnut and contributes them to cross-breeding efforts, which are trying to combine the American chestnut's looiks and size with the Chinese chestnut's natural resistance.
To find out more, check the New Hampshire/Vermont chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation.