Sunday, May 29, 2011

Efforts to restore chestnut trees taking root - Louisville, KY

Efforts to restore chestnut trees taking root - Westport News

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Years of efforts to restore American chestnut trees are finally taking root in the Louisville area and across the country.

Nuts from a research farm in Virginia that were bred over 28 years to be blight resistant were planted at public and private sites in the Louisville area this year, according to The Courier-Journal.

Also, members of the Kentucky chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation are breeding offspring of the state's 20 surviving trees for blight resistance and research, the Louisville newspaper reported. An orchard in Oldham County is expected to bear nuts this fall for the first time.

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