Resurrecting The Great American Chestnut Tree

Talking Trees with Davey Tree

Feb 15 2024 • 18 mins

Dan Herms, vice president of research and development at the Davey Institute, talks about the American Chesnut tree - the history, chestnut blight and how scientists are trying to bring the species back to the United States.

In this episode we cover:

  • History of the American Chestnut (0:38)
  • Mature specimens of the tree (2:44)
  • Bringing the tree back (4:19)
  • GMOs (7:57)
  • Back crossing (11:27)
  • How are the hybrid forests doing? (12:56)
  • The future (15:14)

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