American Chestnut - Genetic engineering may bring it back

semipro

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2009
3,810
SW Virginia
I came across and read this really well-done story on the American Chestnut in the New York Times magazine. I'd long heard how it was sorely missed in Appalachian forests but I never knew why and to what extent. Hybridization has provided some hope but genetic engineering has been successful at creating a blight-resistant tree. There's an interesting back-story too on how Monsanto got wind of the effort and tried to monetize one researcher's life work. He astutely published his work to make it unprotectable by patent.