Monday, December 11, 2023

Bringing Back the American Chestnut (Video)

By my calculation, the average mature American Chestnut tree, prior to the arrival of blight, could potentially put 100,000 calories into the environment each year. Considering how many of these trees there were in North American forests, the loss to the ecosystem is staggering to me. In the video below one of the key ways that people are trying to bring back the American Chestnut, in a hybridized form, is explained. I truly hope that whether through this or gene editing (or both), the American Chestnut can be restored to our woodlands for future generations.