american chestnut

sjohnson at sjohnson at
Tue Aug 14 08:43:28 EST 2001

good morning, plant-ed folks.

i'm in the midst of reading barbara kingsolver's "prodigal summer," 
a wonderful novel that ecologists and biologists may enjoy reading. 
one of the characters is developing a blight resistant strain of 
american chestnuts. in the novel, it is asserted that after the blight 
hit, americans were encouraged to kill off any remaining trees. 
encouraged by whom? dept of ag? food & drug? ccc is mentioned 
in the book - does anyone know what that acronym stands for? 
also any historical information on the blight or info on the progress 
of new strains (or websites describing these) would be appreciated. 

Sandra L. Johnson, Ph.D.
Plant Physiological Ecologist
Middle Tennessee State University
Biology Department     PO Box 60
Murfreesboro, TN  31732

Phone: (615) 898-2021
FAX: (615) 898-5093


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