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The blight resistance of oriental chestnut trees is being backcrossed into American chestnut using traditional plant breeding techniques. Progeny are screened for blight resistance by directExpand
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Chestnut resistance to the blight disease: insights from transcriptome analysis
BackgroundA century ago, Chestnut Blight Disease (CBD) devastated the American chestnut. Backcross breeding has been underway to introgress resistance from Chinese chestnut into surviving AmericanExpand
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An improved genetic map for Castanea mollissima / Castanea dentata and its relationship to the genetic map of Castanea sativa
We have added 275 AFLP and 24 SSR markers and the 5SrDNA locus to a previously published genetic map based on a hybrid cross between Castunea mollissima and C dentata. The SSR markers, 5SrDNA locus,Expand
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Biotechnology of trees: Chestnut
Biotechnology has been practiced on chestnuts (Castanea spp.) for many decades, including vegetative propagation, controlled crossing followed by testing and selection, genetic and cytogeneticExpand
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The American Chestnut Foundation breeding program
Chestnut blight, incited by Cryphonectria parasistica, devastated American chestnut (Castanea dentata (Borkh.) Marsh) in the first half of the 20th century, killing approximately 4 billion dominantExpand
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Making history: Field testing of blight-resistant American chestnut ( Castanea dentata ) in the Southern Region
Th e American chestnut (Castanea dentata Marsh. Borkh.) was decimated by an exotic fungus (chestnut blight [Cryphonectria parasitica Murr. Bar]) in the early part of the 20th century. Th e AmericanExpand
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The Chinese chestnut genome: a reference for species restoration
Forest tree species are increasingly subject to severe mortalities from exotic pests, diseases, and invasive organisms, accelerated by climate change. Forest health issues are threatening multipleExpand
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DNA extraction from plants: The use of pectinase
Several earlier protocols for extracting plant DNA or RNA do not work well for a variety of plants because contaminating substances coprecipitate with the nucleic acids and, thus, are present even atExpand
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Nursery performance of American and Chinese chestnuts and backcross generations in commercial tree nurseries
The American chestnut [Castanea dentata (Marsh.) Borkh.] was decimated by an exotic fungus [Cryphonectria parasitica (Murr.) Barr] in the early 1900s. Breeding efforts with American and ChineseExpand
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