jimifrommi at aol.com
Sat May 2 08:20:54 EST 1998
In article <APC&1'0'80ab2639'532 at igc.apc.org>, Karl Davies
<kdavies at igc.apc.org> writes:
>Subject: Re: American Chestnut
>From: Karl Davies <kdavies at igc.apc.org>
>Date: Fri, 01 May 1998 17:20:50 -0700 (PDT)
>The American Chestnut Foundation is a great resource, and they have back
>issues oftheir journal online at their website. You might also check out
>the Northern Nut Growers Association at http://www.icserv.com/nnga,
>particularly their list of state NGA's. Michigan and many other states
>have very active groups with some very knowledgeable people. As I recall,
>Ken Asmus of Oikos Tree Crops Nursery in Kalamazoo knows a lot about
>American Chestnut, also Dennis Fullbright at Michigan State.
>PS: I assume jimifrommi means you're from Michigan.
Yep, and thanks for the names!
With regard to some of the earlier posts (I'm not a biologist, but...) seems
that if there exists a stand of American Chestnuts in PA that have alluded the
blight in an otherwise blight-infected area perhaps mother nature has already
developed a resistant strain. The genetic characteristics of those trees could
be propogated by cuttings. The seeds wouldn't necessarily be as effective
unless the tree's pollination partner came from a known source (sex in a
controlled environment with a genetic history).
About 4 years ago, the Livingston County SCS (South Eastern MI) was selling
bare-root American Chestnuts 2-0 in packages of 5. No literature came with
them describing them as disese resistant. I figured that if they were selling
Lombardy Poplar (very short lived) they probably didn't have a problem selling
something else that would die off in my lifetime. Those chestnuts and the
other bareroot nut trees that I planted for my "nut grove" became Rabbit and
Deer food. I'm not sure if they have resprouted as I no longer own the
property. The other trees that I planted (and relocated) on the property are
visible from the road and are doing great. The new owners must have thought I
was weird calling the 200 x 100 ft area clearing in the middle of the weeds -
er, I mean wildflowers - a "nut grove" but I had a very particular vision of 50
I think my next venture at Chestnuts will involve a containerized life for few
years before transplanting. Looking forward to contacting your sources, hope
there really is disese resistant stuff out there!
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