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Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Hopeful Story of American Chestnut Recovery

Dr. William A. Powell received his BS in biology in 1982 at Salisbury State University, MD, and his PhD in 1986 at Utah State University studying the molecular mechanisms of hypovirulence in the chestnut blight fungus, Cryphonectria parasitica. He is currently the Director of the Council on Biotechnology in Forestry and SUNY-ESF and the Co-Director of the New York State American Chestnut Research and Restoration Program. One of his significant accomplishments is the enhancement of blight resistance in American chestnut by his research team and collaborators. 
In the following video, Dr. Powell does a nice job of summarizing what happened to the American Chestnut (Castanea dentata), what is being done in the scientific realm to make a recovery of the species possible, and how you can help bring the American Chestnut back to the American forest.



It would be a wonderful thing to have chestnut back in the mix of commercial woods available for our use. It's a great wood. I especially appreciate the vision of filling in all our reclaimed mine land with thriving forests of chestnut.

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