The Spreading Chestnut Trees

April 01, 2004

To see a mature American Chestnut in nature is a rarity. The trees, which once took up about a quarter of Eastern US forests, were driven to near-extinction by a fungal disease introduced about 100 years ago. AM 580's Ali Kawa speaks with Purdue University scientist Doug Jacobs (left, under a chestnut in Wisconsin), who is working to restore the once-tremendously valuable American Chestnut.

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