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Forum topic by Zinderin posted 07-08-2013 08:40 PM 941 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2013 08:40 PM

Topic tags/keywords: chestnut chestnut tree chestnut lumber genetics

Here is an article that is fascinating about how they believe they have found a gene in the wheat plant they can merge with the chestnut tree that makes the chestnut immune to the fungus that has obliterated the chestnut forests.

Check it out … (ignore the website the article is on … I don’t subscribe to their politics, I just found the article):

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#1 posted 07-08-2013 10:28 PM

Fantastic news and a great website. Thanks for the link.

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#2 posted 07-08-2013 11:04 PM

That is so needed in italy.

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#3 posted 07-08-2013 11:32 PM

The National Hardwood Asso. has been bringing seedlings and nuts from Cal. and N. Mich. for years (From trees planted by settlers and never blighted) to I believe Vi. Where they have been crossbreeding for blight resistant trees. Last I heard they were starting to ship some out to plant. A Chestnut can produce a saw log in 1/4 to 1/3 the time of a Red Oak. With this and the gene splicing method We may live long enough to see some growing wild.

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#4 posted 07-08-2013 11:35 PM

That’s great news! Chestnut is such a fine wood to work with. I picked up some reclaimed chestnut a while back and it is very nice wood.

-- Mike

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#5 posted 07-08-2013 11:57 PM

Very interesting and cool.

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#6 posted 07-09-2013 03:21 PM

Found my first American chestnut a few weeks ago, it’s about 20’ tall and the leaves are spotting brown….bummer. Found another (couldn’t much believe it!) a mile or so away, must be 50’ tall and the trunk is about 18” across; some leaves are falling off dead but the majority is looking good. Such a shame they are not protected, the gov sure likes to cry about other invasive species. Myself, I thing all Chinese chestnuts should be eradicated, maybe our trees will come back.

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