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    American chestnut trees were an important source of timber in Connecticut until chestnut blight disease reduced them to understory shrubs. Breeding begun in 1930 has now produced trees with enough resistance to initiate field trials in the forest. Biological control by hypovirulence viruses is being used in the plots in an effort to keep native trees alive. If native trees cross with the planted trees with resistance, future generations should have increased resistance to chestnut blight disease and the genetic diversity of the population will be increased.

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    Anagnostakis, S.L.; Pinchot, C.C. 2014. Restoration of chestnuts as a timber crop in Connecticut. Acta Horticulturae. 1019: 17-19.


    Castanea dentata, chestnut breeding, field trials

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