Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
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Weld Hill Research Bldg, Arnold Arboretum, 1300 Centre St., Roslindale

The American Chestnut: When Will It Flourish Again?

Join the Arnold Arboretum for a thought-provoking gathering as experts share perspectives on the history of American chestnut (Castanea dentata), its significance as a forest species, and subsequent decimation by an invasive blight pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica. Ongoing research in blight tolerance and the addition of blight-tolerant genes are the prognosis for this tree’s future.

Special speakers include:

  • Dr. David Foster, Director of the Harvard Forest
  • Ms. Sara Fitzsimmons, Director of Restoration at The American Chestnut Foundation
  • Dr. William Powell, Professor and Director of Council on Biotechnology and Forestry at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Dr. Jared Westbrook, Director of Science at The American Chestnut Foundation

A panel discussion will follow the lectures:

Introduction by Ms. Lisa Thomson, President and CEO of The American Chestnut Foundation

Free, registration requested. 

Research Areas: 

Harvard University
Center for the Environment

Address: 26 Oxford Street, 4th Floor, Cambridge
Phone: (617) 495-0368

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