12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Stacy Clark, U.S. Forest Service, Washington, DC
UT Science Forum
Dining Room C-D, Thompson-Boling Arena, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
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The American chestnut (Castanea dentata) was one of the most widely distributed and important tree species in eastern North America until decimated in the early part of the 20th century by an exotic fungus from Asia, the chestnut blight. Planting trees that have been bred for blight-resistance using Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima) has led to some important discoveries. The return of American chestnut into forests of the eastern United States will face challenges from native and non-native plants, animals, insects, and diseases, in addition to the chestnut blight.