American Chestnuts

Stuart Wier wier at md.fsl.noaa.gov
Wed Jan 5 16:53:30 EST 1994


In <Phillipsj-cic-is-050194123332 at 136.205.11.44> Phillipsj-cic-is at redstone-emh2.army.mil (Jimmy A. Phillips) writes:

>Is the the blight still a problem today or has it been eradicated?

The blight is still present whereever it killed trees in the past.
It is some kind of microorganism.  Even today the vast root systems
of trees killed decades ago are putting up shoots. Then the blight
kills them off.

These shoots and a few remaining trees are the basis of the search
for a resistant tree variety.



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