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Conserving the American Chestnut Panel Discussion (Online)

Schedule and location

Tuesday, May 11,2021, 6:00 p.m.Central Time/7:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Fees and registration

No fee
This program is being presented as part of the American Public Gardens Association Go Public Gardens days

Course description

The American Chestnut tree used to comprise approximately one quarter of the forest canopy in the eastern United States. Then in the early 1900's, chestnut blight decimated the nearly four billion American Chestnut trees. The wildlife value and economic value of these trees was unparalleled. Today, scientists and supporters are working to restore the American Chestnut tree to its former glory. Join us for a panel discussion with expert scientists who will discuss the history of the American Chestnut as well as current research to restore the trees.

Sandra Anagnostakis - History of Chestnut blight
Allison Oaks - Development of transgenic blight resistant Chestnut trees

Followed by a question and answer session

This program is co-hosted by:
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens
Connecticut College Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum
The Arboretum at Penn State


Sandra Anagnostakis
Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology @The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
She has worked at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station since 1966, first in the Genetics Department, and now in Plant Pathology and Ecology. Her work has included genetic studies of various fungi (corn smut disease, Dutch elm disease, and chestnut blight), and methods for detection of extracellular enzymes produced by fungi, studies of composting, and production of haploids of higher plants using anther culture techniques. She has been working on chestnut blight disease (caused by Cryphonectria parasitica) since 1968.

Allison Oakes
Research Scientist @State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry
Dr. Allison Oakes is a Research Scientist for the The American Chestnut Research At the State University of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse NY. She is optimizing American elm Agrobacterium-mediated transformation protocols for introducing elm yellows resistance thanks to a research grant from the Orentriech Research Foundation, as well as teaching Principles of Genetics at SUNY-ESF. Her research interests include micropropagation techniques and improvement, computational biology and genomics, improving science pedagogy at the college level, experimental design, and statistical analysis. She is an author on the regulatory documents needed by the USDA and EPA for eventual release of blight resistant American chestnuts as well as other published papers.

Course details

This program will take place on Zoom. You will need access to the internet to participate.
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