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September 24, 2017

010 Saving the American Chestnut; Lettuce History and Modern Improvement

coverThis Talking Biotech Podcast features Dr. William Powell from SUNY, where he is co-Director of the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project.  The American Chestnut was a dominant forest tree in Appalachia until the late 1800’s when it was destroyed by disease. Dr. Powell’s project has used a transgenic approach to confer resistance to the disease, with the goal of repatriating the forest with this dominant tree species.  Dr. Richard Michelmore from UC-Davis talks about lettuce history, genetics, genomics and breeding, with surprising information about lettuce that will make you never look at a head of lettuce the same way again.

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2 Comments on 010 Saving the American Chestnut; Lettuce History and Modern Improvement

  1. Thanks for your excellent scientific work which identified the virulence mechanism, discovered an important means to negate the virulence mechanism, and your dedication to employing it to restore the American chestnut to its historical prominence in the eastern forest community. Keep up your great work!

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