The American Chestnut tree used to comprise approximately one quarter of the forest canopy in the eastern United States. Then in the early 1900's, chestnut blight decimated the nearly four billion American Chestnut trees. The wildlife value and economic value of these trees was unparalleled. Today, scientists and supporters are working to restore the American Chestnut tree to its former glory. Join us for a free panel discussion with expert scientists who will discuss the history of the American Chestnut as well as current research to restore the trees. As part of the panel, Sandra Anagnostakis will discuss the history of Chestnut blight. Sandra has worked at the Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology at The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station since 1966 and has been working on chestnut blight disease (caused by Cryphonectria parasitica) since 1968. Her work has included genetic studies of various fungi (corn smut disease, Dutch elm disease, and chestnut blight), and methods for detection of extracellular enzymes produced by fungi, studies of composting, and production of haploids of higher plants using anther culture techniques. Dr. Allison Oaks will discuss the development of transgenic blight resistant Chestnut trees. She is a Research Scientist for the The American Chestnut Research at the State University of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY. She is an author on the regulatory documents needed by the USDA and EPA for eventual release of blight resistant American chestnuts as well as other published papers. There will be a Q&A session following the panel discussion. This program is cohosted by: The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens Connecticut College Arboretum The Morton Arboretum The Arboretum at Penn State This program is being presented as part of the American Public Gardens Association Go Public Gardens days.