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Return of the King: Restoring the American Chestnut Tree, a public lecture by Dr. William A. Powell
Thursday, October 10, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Gateway Center, directly across from the Carrier Dome at the entrance to ESF
This lecture is part of the Dale L. Travis Public Lecture Series at SUNY ESF. Admission to the lecture and following reception is free and open to the public. Parking will be available on campus, download a permit from internet link. Dr. Powell, professor in the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology and Director of the Council on Biotechnology in Forestry will discuss his landmark work for the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project at SUNY ESF. The American chestnut tree was once one of the most abundant trees in the eastern forests of the United States, important to the ecosystem, agriculture, and society. A little over a century ago, this majestic tree was devastated by the chestnut blight, which is caused by an exotic pathogen from Asia. After 23 years of research at SUNY-ESF, American chestnut trees with enhanced blight resistance have been developed using the tools of biotechnology. This is a pivotal step in returning this king of the forest. The events are made possible by the generous support of Dale L. Travis, ’59.
Roosevelt Wild Life Station
Sponsor: Dale L. Travis Public Lecture Series at SUNY ESF