The cultivation of Castanea sativa (Mill.) in Europe, from its origin to its diffusion on a continental scale

  title={The cultivation of Castanea sativa (Mill.) in Europe, from its origin to its diffusion on a continental scale},
  author={Marco Conedera and Patrik Krebs and Willy Tinner and Marco Pradella and Damiano Torriani},
  journal={Vegetation History and Archaeobotany},
The history of Castanea sativa (sweet chestnut) cultivation since medieval times has been well described on the basis of the very rich documentation available. Far fewer attempts have been made to give a historical synthesis of the events that led to the cultivation of sweet chestnut in much earlier times. In this article we attempt to reconstruct this part of the European history of chestnut cultivation and its early diffusion by use of different sources of information, such as pollen studies… 
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