Friday, 11 April, 2014
On April 11, Stacy Clark, research forester for the U.S. Forest Service will speak on "American Chestnut Restoration: Can We Bring Back the Mighty Giant?" from noon to 1 p.m. during the UT Science Forum in Thompson-Boling Arena Dining Room C-D.
The American chestnut (Castanea dentata) was one of the most widely distributed and important tree species in eastern North America until decimated in the early part of the 20th century by an exotic fungus from Asia, the chestnut blight. Planting trees that have been bred for blight-resistance using Chinese chestnut (Castanea mollissima) has led to some important discoveries. The return of American chestnut into forests of the eastern United States will face challenges from native and non-native plants, animals, insects, and diseases, in addition to the chestnut blight.
The UT Science Forum presented by Quest offers a weekly lecture on current science, medical or technology developments. It is free and open to the public.