American chestnut http://wrvo.org en Scientists work to bring back American chestnut tree http://wrvo.org/post/scientists-work-bring-back-american-chestnut-tree <p>The American chestnut tree was once known as the king of the eastern forest. It tree grew more than 100 feet tall and six feet across, and accounted for a quarter of the timber in the woods. Its straight-grained wood was remarkably resistant to rot, and its nuts were a reliable source of food.</p><p>The chestnut was wiped out by blight in the early 20th century, but now scientists in Syracuse think they’re close to bringing it back.</p><p>Bill Coffin, 84, has spent a lifetime in love with the woods.</p> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:36:49 +0000 David Chanatry 45766 at http://wrvo.org Scientists work to bring back American chestnut tree SUNY ESF working to bring back the American chesnut tree http://wrvo.org/post/suny-esf-working-bring-back-american-chesnut-tree <p>SUNY ESF is working to bring back a tree that once made up one quarter of the standing timber in forests in the Eastern United States. Now, researchers have come up with a variety of the tree that resists the blight that killed billions of American chestnut trees. Mon, 20 May 2013 20:22:36 +0000 Ellen Abbott 38145 at http://wrvo.org SUNY ESF working to bring back the American chesnut tree