American chestnut


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American chestnut

n.
An eastern North American deciduous tree (Castanea dentata) having narrow toothed leaves. It was once valued for its timber and nuts but is now found mostly as sprouts from old stumps, the aboveground parts having died from chestnut blight.
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Noun1.American chestnut - large tree found from Maine to AlabamaAmerican chestnut - large tree found from Maine to Alabama
Castanea, genus Castanea - chestnuts; chinkapins
chestnut tree, chestnut - any of several attractive deciduous trees yellow-brown in autumn; yield a hard wood and edible nuts in a prickly bur
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That tree was the American chestnut, Castanea dentata.
Recent efforts to develop a blight-resistant hybrid form of the American chestnut (Castanea dentata) have literally yielded fruit.
The American chestnut, which once thrived in the billions throughout the nation, was decimated in the last century by a blight that was accidentally introduced.
The American chestnut almost was wiped out in the 20th century.
In Appalachia, entire mountainsides were covered with American chestnut trees.
The railroad also is working with conservation partners to restore longleaf pines and American chestnut trees.
The inventory also contains entries for traditional or iconic crops unique to the United States, such as pecan, American chestnut, and wild rice, as well as so-called "wild-utilized species," with direct use for medicinal, ornamental, landscaping, environmental restoration, or industrial purposes.
One display shows dried leaves from a transgenic American chestnut, engineered with a wheat gene to resist the fungal blight that nearly eradicated wild populations of the tree.
Among other initiatives listed on Bernheim's site, they were working with the American Chestnut Foundation to introduce hybrid chestnuts to eastern hardwood forests.
Patterns of Vegetative Compatibility in the Blight Pathogen, Cryphonectria parasitica, from Stands of American Chestnut.
The group is creating a movement around de-extinction, and is taking the lead on efforts to bring back the passenger pigeon while helping out on other ongoing efforts to restore other extinct species including European aurochs, Pyrenean ibexes, American chestnut trees, Tasmanian tigers, California condors, even wooly mammoths.

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