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    Return of the Chestnut

    Researchers at my Alma mater, SUNY ESF, have successfully created a true strain of blight resistant American Chestnut. I won't live to see them in any quantity, but my kids will. Very interesting how they did it.

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...1106082032.htm

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    That's great!

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    When I was a kid I remember seeing a few live chestnut trees. They grew till they started producing nuts then in a few years they were dead. I remember the nuts were a lot smaller than the Chinese chestnut, the burs were similar. I hope this system lets them get restarted.
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    Good news for future generations I hope.
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

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    That is great news, hopefully it will thrive again.
    Darren

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    Just don't plant them near an impatient woodworker.

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    Well, what have I been roasting over an open fire all these years??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Douglass View Post
    Well, what have I been roasting over an open fire all these years??
    Castanea sativa = sweet chestnut or Spanish Chestnut is the mighty tasty edible one, a winter tradition in our house, not to be confused with horse chestnut (conkers for conker fights). This year the wife's asthma has gotten worse so we won't have as many fires as usual, but when we do there will be some chestnuts roasting

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    That's good news. I like chestnut.

    -Darryl

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    A couple of properties I hunt have some big Chestnuts on them , always good to see.
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