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“Restoration of the American Chestnut: Old Problem, New Solutions,” will be presented by Dr. William A. Powell at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in Room 126 Schrenk Hall. Powell is the director of the Council on Biotechnology in Forestry and the co-director of The American Chestnut Research and Restoration Program. He has been a professor at the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry for 22 years. The seminar is sponsored by Missouri S&T’s biological sciences department and Environmental Research Center.
The American Chestnut Research and Restoration Center conducts research with a goal to develop a blight-resistant American chestnut tree. Its ultimate goal is to reintroduce a population of these resistant trees back into forest ecosystems of New York and the rest of its natural range in the eastern United States. This seminar will give an overview of the problem and the center’s progress.