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Blight-resistant american chestnut trees take root

Dr. Charles Maynard, left, and Dr. William Powell of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
 
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Scientists at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) are growing the first American chestnut trees that can withstand the blight that virtually eliminated the once-dominant tree from the eastern United States.

Members of the ESF research team recently published three peer-reviewed papers that, along with continuing research, support their conviction that their biotechnology work with a gene originating in wheat makes the American chestnut tree at least as blight resistant as the Chinese chestnut tree that can co-exist with blight with minimal ill effects.

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Date: 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014